agent n
1: someone or something that acts or exerts power: a moving force in achieving some result
2: a person guided or instigated by another in some action
where the heads of departments are the political...agent s of the executive, merely to execute the will of the presidentMarbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803) see also innocent agent
3 a: a person or entity (as an employee or independent contractor) authorized to act on behalf of and under the control of another in dealing with third parties see also agency 2, fiduciary relationship, subagent compare fiduciary, principal, servant
apparent agent: an agent acting under an agency by estoppel
bar·gain·ing agent: a labor union that represents the employees in a bargaining unit in negotiating with their employer through collective bargaining
business agent: an agent that handles business affairs for another person or organization; esp: a paid official of a union who carries on union business between the employees and the employer
collective bargaining agent: bargaining agent in this entry
del cre·de·re agent: an agent that guarantees to his or her principal that third parties involved in the transaction will pay or perform
exclusive agent: an agent acting under an exclusive agency
general agent: an agent acting under a general agency
legislative agent: an agent (as for an interest group) that lobbies a legislature esp. professionally
managing agent: an agent or employee of a corporation or other business entity who has a position that involves the use of judgment and discretion and who is considered under the law as capable of accepting service of process and answering questions under cross-examination on behalf of the business entity
ostensible agent: an agent acting under an agency by estoppel
special agent: an agent authorized to do one or more specific acts under particular instructions or within restrictions implied by the nature of the authorized acts: an agent acting under a special agency compare general agent in this entry
transfer agent: an officer, bank, or trust company that acts on behalf of a publicly held corporation in handling the transfer of stock and other securities and keeping records of the owners
universal agent: an agent acting under a general agency
b: a representative of a corporation designated to accept service of process on behalf of the corporation usu. as required by statute
c: a person or organization that finds buyers or tenants for real estate owners usu. for a commission
d: an independent sales or service representative of an insurance company compare broker
4 a: a representative, emissary, or official of a government
a diplomatic agent
b: an employee of a government agency usu. that is involved in law enforcement
seized by DEA agent s

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun alternate, appointee, assistant, delegate, emissary, envoy, functionary, go-between, intermediary, intermediate, intermedium, mediary, medium, middleman, negotiant, negotiator, procurator, proxy, representative, solicitor, substitute associated concepts: agent to accept process, authorization of an agent, bailee, common agent, employee, escrow agent, general agent, implied agent, independent contractor, insurance broker, joint venture, managing agent, master-servant relationship, owner-operator relationship, partnership, principal-agent relationship, real estate agent, real estate broker, special agent, subagents, undisclosed agency, warranty of authority foreign phrases:
- Idem agens et patiens esse non potest. — A person cannot be at the same time the person acting and the person acted upon.
- Delegatus non potest delegare. — A representative cannot delegate his authority.
- Qui facit per alium facit per se. — He who acts by or through another acts for himself
II index assistant, broker, cause (reason), conduit (intermediary), dealer, deputy, detective, determinant, employee, factor (commission merchant), factor (ingredient), fiduciary, forum (medium), go-between, instrument (tool), interagent, intermediary, liaison, medium, plenipotentiary, proctor, procurator, protagonist, proxy, representative (proxy), spokesman, spy, substitute, superintendent, tool, trustee

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A person who is authorised to carry out activities on behalf of his principal and to enter into commitments by which the principal will be bound. The term usually refers to a businessman who finds business for you and takes a commission.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

A person authorized to act for another person, the principal, in specific or unlimited ways.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

See agency.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A person authorized to act for and under the direction of another person when dealing with third parties. The person who appoints an agent is called the principal. An agent can enter into binding agreements on the principal's behalf and may even create liability for the principal if the agent causes harm while carrying out his or her duties. Also called an attorney-in-fact.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Wills & Medical Powers of Attorney
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Financial Powers of Attorney

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
In the context of a syndicated facility (, also known as the facility agent or agent bank. The financial institution that acts as agent for a syndicate of lenders in administering the facility with the borrower. After the facility agreement is signed, payments and communications (for example, drawdown ( requests and compliance certificates ( between the borrower and the lenders are made through the agent.
See agency.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. One who by mutual consent is authorized to act for another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

One who agrees and is authorized to act on behalf of another, a principal, to legally bind an individual in particular business transactions with third parties pursuant to an agency relationship.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

One who agrees and is authorized to act on behalf of another, a principal, to legally bind an individual in particular business transactions with third parties pursuant to an agency relationship.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a person who is authorized to act for another (the agent's principal) through employment, by contract or apparent authority. The importance is that the agent can bind the principal by contract or create liability if he/she causes injury while in the scope of the agency. Who is an agent and what is his/her authority are often difficult and crucial factual issues.
   See also: agency, authority

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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