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An event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result.

A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome. In the area of Negligence law, the factors, or chain of causation, are important in determining whether liability ensues from a particular action done by the defendant.

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n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of others, taking a commission for services. 2) something that contributes to the result.

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1 a mercantile agent. An agent who is in the ordinary course of business entrusted with goods or documents of title representing goods with a view to their sale. A factor has a lien over goods entrusted to him; this lien covers any claims he may have against his principal arising out of the agency. Most factors will be mercantile agents (and have the powers of such) for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889. Under this Act, in certain circumstances a factor may pass a good title to goods entrusted to him.
2 an institution to whom a company assigns its book debts (see FACTORING).
3 in Scotland a landlord or superior's agent.
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(3) We measured pressures of different sections after injecting asphalt micro-emulsion and got the resistance coefficient, residual resistance factor, and relative change of permeability of different part of the cores, thus evaluating the asphalt particles' capability to change mobility and to reduce the relative permeability of water.
The ultimate strength of undamaged members, joints, and piles can be established using the formulas of Sections cylindrical member design, connections, foundation design, and structural components and system with all resistance factors set to 1.0.
Corneal hysteresis and corneal resistance factor in keratoectasia: findings using the Reichert ocular response analyzer.
The resistance factor for a partially open damper depends on the damper type and is calculated based on the inherent damper characteristic curves in Figure 2, provided by ASHRAE (2010c).
The resistance factors were evaluated by dividing LC50 values of field strains to LC50 value of susceptible strain.
One has been the designation of the new enzyme as NDM-1 ascribing the origin of the resistance factors to New Delhi, the capital of India.
With over 200 pages of design examples, Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD): Solved Example Problems for Wood Structures, has been jointly published by the American Forest & Paper Association's (AF&PA) American Wood Council, the Southern Forest Products Association, and the Wood Truss Council of America, in cooperation with the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO).
Comparison of corneal hysteresis and corneal resistance factor after small incision lenticule extraction and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK: a prospective fellow eye study.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' specifications for load and resistance factor design of bridges require bolted connections to be designed as slip critical under certain circumstances, including heavy impact loads or severe vibration.
Load and resistance factor design (LRFD) methodology developed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials plays a key role in the proposed ASTM International WK38166, Specification for Manufacture of Precast Reinforced Concrete Three-Sided Structures for Culverts and Storm Drains.