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See also Agency. One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one entrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor. An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. Acting; - opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.


 - (Law) An agent is an attorney who transacts the business of another attorney. The agent owes to his principal the unremitted exertions of his skill and ability, and that all his transactions in that character, shall be distinguished by punctuality, honor and integrity. One who undertakes to manage some affair to be transacted for another, by his authority on account of the latter, who is called the principal, and to render an account of it.


There are various descriptions of agents, to whom different appellations are given according to the nature of their employments; as brokers, factors, supercargoes, attorneys, and the like; they are all included in this general term. The authority is created either by deed, by ...

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