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Definition of Agent

Babylon English

person authorized to perform a certain action; representative; factor, cause; broker; cleansing means; substance which is able to produce an effect (Pharmacology)
Agent Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
procurator
Agent Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
  
(n.)
One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(a.)
Acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version

agent
\a"gent\ (&?;), a. [l. agens, agentis, p. pr. of agere to act; akin to gr. &?; to lead, icel. aka to drive, skr. aj. ?2.] acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action. [archaic] "the body agent."
agent
\a"gent\, n.
1. one who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. heaven made us agents, free to good or ill.
2. one who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
3. 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.
agent
n
1. an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
2. a substance that exerts some force or effect
3. a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission [syn: factor, broker]


5. any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau [syn: federal agent]




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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
feidhmeannach, gníomhaire, ionadaí
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Dirprwywr = n. one who supplies; an agent; an attorney
Id = n. that is drawn out; a point; pronominal agent
It = pronominal agent, it
Me = n. an agent, pron. he, him
Offeiriannu = v. to act as agent
Pe = n. what is causative, an agent, conj. if, though
Pog = n. agent of expansion; eight bushel measure, a quarter
Prwy = n. what reaches forward; an agent
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
(hypernym) causal agent, cause, causal agency
(hyponym) vasoconstrictor, vasoconstrictive
2. a substance that exerts some force or effect
(hypernym) causal agent, cause, causal agency
(hyponym) antiflatulent
3. a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
(hypernym) representative
(hyponym) business agent
4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
(synonym) factor, broker
(hypernym) businessperson, bourgeois
(hyponym) auctioneer
(member-holonym) brokerage, brokerage firm, securities firm
5. any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
(synonym) federal agent
(hypernym) official, functionary
(hyponym) Indian agent
6. the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the hapening denoted by the verb in the clause
(synonym) agentive role
(hypernym) semantic role, participant role
Agent Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
2K Group Shipping, Trade, Insurance Dictionary
A person authorized to transact business for, and in the name of, another person or company.
Shipping Glossary
A person authorized to transact business for, and in the name of, another person or company.
Agent Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
In intelligence usage, one who is authorized or instructed to obtain or to assist in obtaining information for intelligence or counterintelligence purposes.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Agent Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
BioProcess International™ Glossary
a microorganism or chemical substance, the presence or absence of which triggers a particular disease or infection.
Copyright © 2002 - 2006, BioProcess International™. All rights reserved.
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
An intermediary with legal authority to operate on behalf of the manufacturer.
Agent Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Jensen's Technology Glossary
Agents are search tools that automatically seek out relevant online information based on your specifications. Agents are also called intelligent agents, personal agents, knowbots or droids.
Internet Glossary
A program that performs some information gathering or processing task in the background. Typically, an agent is a given a very small and well-defined task.
Although the theory behind agents has been around for some time, agents have become more prominent with the recent growth of the Internet. Many companies now sell software that enables you to configure an agent to search the Internet for certain types of information.

In computer science, there is a school of thought that believes that the human mind essentially consists of thousands or millions of agents all working in parallel. To produce real artificial intelligence, this school holds, we should build computer systems that also contain many agents and systems for arbitrating among the agents' competing results.

Internetworking Terms
In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server application. [Source: RFC1208]
INTERNET TERMS&ACRONYMSV1.0
The part of a system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of an application.
Agent Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
An Agent is one who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one entrusted with the business of another.

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Agent Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
AGENT - A person who performs services for another person under an express or implied agreement and who is subject to the other's control or right to control the manner and means of performing the services. The other person is called a principal. One may be an agent without receiving compensation for services. The agency agreement may be oral or written.
    (2) The person to whom a power of attorney is given. An agent has authority to act on behalf of the grantor, as specified by the grantor in a power of attorney document.

AGENCY - Contracts. An agreement, express , or implied, by which one of the parties, called the principal, confides to the other, denominated the agent, the management of some business; to be transacted in his name, or on his account, and by which the agent assumes to do the business and to render an account of it. As a general rule, whatever a man do by himself, except in virtue of a delegated authority, he may do by an agent. Hence the maxim qui facit per alium facit per se.

When the agency is express, it is created either by deed, or in writing not by deed, or verbally without writing. When the agency is not express, it may be inferred from the relation of the parties and the nature of the employment without any proof of any express appointment.

The agency must be antecedently given, or subsequently adopted; and in the latter case there must be an act of recognition, or an acquiescence in the act of the agent, from which a recognition may be fairly implied.

An agency may be dissolved in two ways - 1, by the act of the principal or the agent; 2, by operation of law.

The agency may be dissolved by the act of one of the parties. 1st. As a general rule, it may be laid down that the principal has a right to revoke the powers which he has given; but this is subject to some exception, of which the following are examples. When the principal has expressly stipulated that the authority shall be irrevocable, and the agent has an interest in its execution; it is to be observed, however, that although there may be an express agreement not to revoke, yet if the agent has no interest in its execution, and there is no consideration for the agreement, it will be considered a nude pact, and the authority may be revoked. But when an authority or power is coupled with an interest, or when it is given for a valuable consideration, or when it is a part of a security, then, unless there is an express stipulation that it shall be revocable, it cannot be revoked, whether it be expressed on the face of the instrument giving the authority, that it be so, or not. The agency may be determined by the renunciation of the agent. If the renunciation be made after it has been partly executed, the agent by renouncing it, becomes liable for the damages which may thereby be sustained by his principal.

The agency is revoked by operation of law in the following cases: 1st. When the agency terminates by the expiration of the period, during which it was to exist, and to have effect; as, if an agency be created to endure a year, or till the happening of a contingency, it becomes extinct at the end or on the happening of the contingency.

When a change of condition, or of state, produces an incapacity in either party; as, if the principal, being a woman, marry, this would be a revocation, because the power of creating an agent is founded on the right of the principal to do the business himself, and a married woman has no such power. For the same reason, when the principal becomes insane, the agency is ipso facto revoked. The incapacity of the agent also amounts to a revocation in law, as in case of insanity, and the like, which renders an agent altogether incompetent, but the rule does not reciprocally apply in its full extent. For instance, an infant or a married woman may in some cases be agents, although they cannot act for themselves.

The death of either principal or agent revokes the agency, unless in cases where the agent has an interest in the thing actually vested in the agent.

The agency is revoked in law, by the extinction of the subject-matter of the agency, or of the principal's power over it, or by the complete execution of the trust.

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.

International Law. One who is employed by a prince to manage his private affairs, or those of his subjects in his name, near a foreign government.

Contracts. 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 simple writing, by parol, or by mere employment, according to the capacity of the parties, or the nature of the act to be done. It is, therefore, express or implied. Vide Authority.

It is said to be general or special with reference to its object, i.e., according as it is confined to a single act or is extended to all acts connected with a particular employment.

With reference to the manner of its execution, it is either limited or unlimited, i. e. the agent is bound by precise instructions, or left to pursue his own discretion. It is the duty of an agent, 1, To perform what he has undertaken in relation to his agency. 2, To use all necessary care. 3, To render an account.

Agents are either joint or several. It is a general rule of the common law, that when an authority is given to two or more persons to do an act, and there is no several authority given, all the agents must concur in doing it, in order to bind the principal.

This rule has been so construed that when the authority is given jointly and severally to three person, two cannot properly execute it; it must be done by all or by one only. Co. Litt. 181 b; Com. Dig. Attorney, C 11; but if the authority is so worded that it is apparent, the principal intended to give power to either of them, an execution by two will be valid.. This rule applies to private agencies: for, in public agencies an authority executed by a major would be sufficient.

The rule in commercial transactions however, is very different; and generally when there are several agents each possesses the whole power. For example, on a consignment of goods for sale to two factors, (whether they are partners or not,) each of them is understood to possess the whole power over the goods for the purposes of the consignment.

As to the persons who are capable of becoming agents, it may be observed, that but few persons are excluded from acting as agents, or from exercising authority delegated to them by others. It is not, therefore, requisite that a person be sui juris, or capable of acting in his own right, in order to be qualified to act for others. Infants, femes covert, persons attainted or outlawed, aliens and other persons incompetent for many purposes, may act as agents for others.

But in the case of a married woman, it is to be observed, that she cannot be an agent for another when her husband expressly dissents, particularly when he may be rendered liable for her acts. Persons who have clearly no understanding, as idiots and lunatics cannot be agents for others.

There is another class who, though possessing understanding, are incapable of acting as agents for others; these are persons whose duties and characters are incompatible with their obligations to the principal. For example, a person cannot act as agent in buying for another, goods belonging to himself.

An agent has rights which he can enforce, and is, liable to obligations which he must perform. These will be briefly considered:
    The rights to which agents are entitled, arise from obligations due to them by their principals, or by third persons.

Their rights against their principals are: To receive a just compensation for their services, when faithfully performed, in execution of a lawful agency, unless such services are entirely gratuitous, or the agreement between the parties repels such a claim; this compensation, usually called a commission, is regulated either by particular agreement or by the usage of trade or the presumed intention of the parties;
    To be reimbursed all their just advances, expenses and disbursements made in the course of their agency, on account of, or for the benefit of their principal and also to be paid interest upon such advances, whenever from the nature of the business, or the usage of trade, or the particular agreement of the parties, it may be fairly presumed to have been stipulated for, or due to the agent.
    Besides the personal remedies which an agent has to enforce his claims against his principal for his commissions and, advancements, he has a lien upon the property of the principal in his hand.

The rights of agents against third persons arise, either on contracts made between such third persons and them, or in consequence of torts committed by the latter.

1. The rights of agents against third persons on contracts, are, 1st, when the contract is in writing and made expressly with the agent, and imports to be a contract personally with him, although he may be known to act as an agent; as, for example, when a promissory note is given to the agent as such, for the benefit of his principal, and the promise is to pay the money to the agent.

When the agent is the only known or ostensible principal, and therefore, is in contemplation of law, the real contracting party. As, if an agent sell goods of his principal in his own name, as if he were the owner, he is entitled to sue the buyer in his own name; although his principal may also sue. And on the other hand, if he so buy, he may enforce the contract by action.

3d. When, by the usage of trade, the agent is authorized to act as owner, or as a principal contracting party, although his character as agent is known, he may enforce his contract by action. For example, an auctioneer, who sells the goods of another may maintain an action for the price, because he has a possession coupled with an interest in the goods, and it is a general rule, that whenever an agent, though known as such, has a special property in the subject-matter of the contract, and not a bare-custody, or when he has acquired an interest, or has a lien upon it, he may sue upon the contract. But this right to bring an action by agents is subordinate to the rights of the principal, who may, unless in particular cases, where the agent has a lien, or some other vested right, bring a suit himself, and suspend or extinguish the right of the agent.

Agents are entitled to actions against third persons for torts committed against them in the course of their agency. 1st. They may maintain actions, of trespass or trover against third persons for any torts or injuries affecting their possession of the goods which they hold as agents. When an agent has been induced by the fraud of a third person to sell or buy goods for his principal, and he has sustained loss, he may maintain an action against such third person for such wrongful act, deceit, or fraud.

Agents are liable for their acts, 1, to their principals; and 2, to third person.

The liabilities of agents to their principals arise from a violation of their duties and obligations to the principal, by exceeding their authority, by misconduct, or by any negligence or omission, or act by which the principal sustains a loss. Agents may become liable for damages and loss under a special contract, contrary to the general usages of trade. They may also become responsible when charging a del credere commission.

Agents become liable to third persons; 1st, on their contract; 1, when the agent, undertakes to do an act for another, and does not possess a sufficient authority from the principal, and that is unknown to the other party, he will be considered as having acted for himself as a principal. 2. When the agent does not disclose his agency, he will be considered as a principal and, in the case of agents or factors, acting for merchants in a foreign country, they will be considered liable whether they disclose their principal or not, this being the usage of the trade; but this presumption may be rebutted by proof of a contrary agreement. 3. The agent will be liable when he expressly, or by implication, incurs a personal responsibility. 4. When the agent makes a contract as such, and there is no other responsible as principal, to whom resort can be had; as, if a man sign a note as "guardian of AB," an infant; in that case neither the infant nor his property will be liable, and the agent alone will be responsible. Agents become liable to third persons in regard to torts or wrongs done by them in the course of their agency.

A distinction has been made, in relation to third persons, between acts of misfeasance and non-feasance: an agent is, liable for the former, under certain circumstances, but not for the latter; he being responsible for his non-feasance only to his principal.

An agent is liable for misfeasance as to third persons, when, intentionally or ignorantly, he commits a wrong, although authorized by his principal, because no one can lawfully authorize another to commit a wrong upon the rights or property of another. An agent is liable to refund money, when payment to him is void ab initio, so that, the money was never received for the use of his principal, and he is consequently not accountable to the latter for it, if he has not actually paid it over at the time he receives notice of the take. But unless "caught with the money in his possession," the agent is not responsible. This last rule is, however, subject to this qualification, that the money shall have been lawfully received by the agent; for if, in receiving it, the agent was a wrongdoer, he will not be exempted from liability by payment to his principal.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
AGENT, SECONDARY - An agent who serves under a power of attorney in special circumstances, often concerning real estate, where the agent first chosen is not permitted to serve.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
A person who has received the power to act on behalf of another, binding that other person as if he or she were themselves making the decisions. - (read more on Agent)
  
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USPTO Patent and Trademark Glossary
(may be referred to as a practitioner or representative) - one who is not an attorney but is authorized to act for or in place of the applicant(s) before the Office, that is, an individual who is registered to practice before the Office.

-- See 37 CFR § 10.6 and the searchable online Patent Attorney Agent Roster 

Context: Patent 
By the United States Patent and Trademark Office
PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Glossary
A person who has the right to practice before a national Office or PCT Authority and who may be appointed to act on behalf of an applicant for an international application.
  
Source: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ( About )
PATENTSCOPE® Glossary
A person who has the right to practice before a national Office or PCT Authority and who may be appointed to act on behalf of an applicant for an international application.
  
Source: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ( About )
Canadian Insolvency Dictionary
Section 427 of the Bank Act A person, usually a Trustee in Bankruptcy, appointed by a bank to realize on its security as defined under Section 427 of the Bank Act.  The security covered is inventory.
Agent Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
1. A person or organization authorized to act for or on behalf of another person or organization.
2. In shipping, an agent is a corporate body with which YCS has an agreement to perform particular functions on behalf of YCS at an agreed payment. An agent is either a part of the YCS organization or an independent body.

The following functions and responsibilities may apply to the activities of an agent.
1. Sales - Marketing, acquisition of cargo, issuing quotations, concluding contracts in coordination with YCS. Basically the agent is the first point of entry into the organization for a shipper.
2. Bookings - Booking of cargo in accordance with allotments assigned to the agent for a certain voyage by YCS.
3. Documentation - Responsible for timeliness and correctness of all documentation required, regarding the carriage of cargo.
4. Handling - Taking care of all procedures connected with physical handling of cargo.
5. Equipment control - Managing of all equipment stock in a particular area.
6. Issuing - Authorized to sign and issue Bills of Lading and other transport documents.
7. Collecting - Authorized to collect freight and charges on behalf of YCS.
8. Delivery - The agent who releases the cargo and is responsible for its delivery to the consignee.
9. Handling of cargo claims - Handling of cargo claims as per agency contract.
10. Husbanding - Handling non cargo related operations of a vessel as instructed by the master, owner or charterer.
A person authorized to transact business for and in the name of another person or company. Types of agent are:
(1) brokers,
(2) commission merchants,
(3) resident buyers,
(4) sales agents,
5) manufacturer's representatives.
Agent Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Cocktails
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Apple Schnapps
1 oz. Rum
1 oz. Southern Comfort
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Yukon Jack
2 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Melon Liqueor
6 oz. Orange Juice

Pour into 32 oz container filled to top with ice. Shake well. Serve.
EPA Terms of Environment
Any physical, chemical, or biological entity that can be harmful to an organism (synonymous with stressors.)
Provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
Any physical, chemical, or biological entity that can be harmful to an organism (synonymous with stressors .)
Agent Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
american horse racing dictionary
A person empowered to transact business for a stable owner or jockey, or empowered to sell or buy horses for an owner or breeder.
English - Klingon
n. Duy
Agent Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Rakefet
Philosopher's Stone [from Latin Lapis philosophorum] The stone or material which can transmute base metals into gold. The universal agent or great solvent, the mystical culmination of whose work is the production of spiritual perfect man. The base metals, in this mystical interpretation, are the passions and lower elements in the human constitution, which by the philosopher's stone are transmuted into the pure inner gold of his spiritual nature. Spiritual processes have their analogs in chemical processes, the latter being the sole object of most if not all of the later alchemists.
Agent Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Epidemiology Terms
A factor, such as a microorganism, chemical substance, or form of radiation, whose presence, excessive presence, or (in deficiency diseases) relative absence is essential for the occurrence of a disease.
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
noun
(a) person who acts for another, often in another country; he is the agent for an American pharmaceutical firm
(b) chemical substance which makes another substance react
(c) substance or organism which causes a disease or condition