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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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The Met Office said daytime temperatures across Wales would not rise much above freezing this week and, with the windchill factor, will drop to double figure minuses at night.
"Some hilly areas could see up to 10cm of snow but even low-lying areas could get a covering, and the windchill factor will be severe."
His advice was full mountain gear, ice-axe and crampons and to be prepared for winds of 85mph gusting to 115mph, temperatures of minus-six and a windchill factor down to minus-20.
And there, his body struggling to cope with the thin air, and defying a windchill factor that pushed temperatures below freezing, John did something no one has ever done before.
The main concern is the windchill factor which I understand was part of the problem at Cheltenham."
'Temperatures have been as low as 1C or 2C but, with the windchill factor, it goes down to -15C,' said Gadd.
Some mornings before the children are queuing up to go into the school, it can be -5 to -6 with the windchill factor.