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Cause vs. Factor — What's the Difference?

Cause vs. Factor — What's the Difference?

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Cause

The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result.
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Factor

A number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression
An amount that exceeds it by a factor of 1000 or more
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Cause

Because.
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Factor

A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result
His skill was a factor in ensuring that so much was achieved
She worked fast, conscious of the time factor
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Cause

The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.
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Factor

A level on a scale of measurement.
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Cause

A basis for an action or response; a reason
The doctor's report gave no cause for alarm.
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Factor

Any of a number of substances in the blood, mostly identified by numerals, which are involved in coagulation.
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Cause

A goal or principle served with dedication and zeal
“the cause of freedom versus tyranny” (Hannah Arendt).
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Factor

An agent who buys and sells goods on commission
His father was chief factor for the Hudson's Bay Company
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Cause

The interests of a person or group engaged in a struggle
“The cause of America is in great measure the cause of all mankind” (Thomas Paine).
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Factor

Another term for factorize
Last year researchers factored a number 155 digits long
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Cause

A lawsuit or criminal prosecution.
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Factor

(of a company) sell (its invoices) to a factor
They collected rents while he factored these forfeited estates
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Cause

The ground or basis for a lawsuit.
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Factor

One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process
"Surprise is the greatest factor in war" (Tom Clancy).
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Cause

A subject under debate or discussion.
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Factor

One who acts for someone else; an agent.
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Cause

To be the cause of or reason for; result in.
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Factor

One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.
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Cause

To bring about or compel by authority or force
The moderator invoked a rule causing the debate to be ended.
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Factor

(Mathematics) One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.
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Cause

The source of, or reason for, an event or action; that which produces or effects a result.
They identified a burst pipe as the cause of the flooding.
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Factor

A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement
The rate increased by a factor of ten.
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Cause

Sufficient reason for a state, as of emotion.
There is no cause for alarm.
The end of the war was a cause for celebration.
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Factor

A gene. No longer in technical usage.
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Cause

(countable) A goal, aim or principle, especially one which transcends purely selfish ends.
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Factor

(Physiology) A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
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Cause

(obsolete) Sake; interest; advantage.
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Factor

To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of
If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.
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Cause

Any subject of discussion or debate; a matter; an affair.
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Factor

To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.
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Cause

A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.
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Factor

(obsolete) A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.
The factor of the trading post bought the furs.
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Cause

(transitive) To set off an event or action.
The lightning caused thunder.
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Factor

An agent or representative.
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Cause

(ditransitive) To actively produce as a result, by means of force or authority.
His dogged determination caused the fundraising to be successful.
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Factor

(legal)
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Cause

(obsolete) To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
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Factor

A commission agent.
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Cause

Alternative form of 'cause; because
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Factor

A person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
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Cause

That which produces or effects a result; that from which anything proceeds, and without which it would not exist.
Cause is substance exerting its power into act, to make one thing begin to be.
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Factor

A business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
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Cause

That which is the occasion of an action or state; ground; reason; motive; as, cause for rejoicing.
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Factor

One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation.
The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures.
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Cause

Sake; interest; advantage.
I did it not for his cause.
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Factor

(mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.
The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2.
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Cause

A suit or action in court; any legal process by which a party endeavors to obtain his claim, or what he regards as his right; case; ground of action.
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Factor

(causal analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
The launch temperature was a factor of the Challenger disaster.
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Cause

Any subject of discussion or debate; matter; question; affair in general.
What counsel give you in this weighty cause!
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Factor

(economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
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Cause

The side of a question, which is espoused, advocated, and upheld by a person or party; a principle which is advocated; that which a person or party seeks to attain.
God befriend us, as our cause is just.
The part they take against me is from zeal to the cause.
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Factor

(Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.
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Cause

To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; - usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb.
I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days.
Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans.
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Factor

(transitive) To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
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Cause

To assign or show cause; to give a reason; to make excuse.
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Factor

To be a product of other objects.
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Cause

Abbreviation of Because.
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Factor

To sell a debt or debts to an agent (the factor) to collect.
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Cause

Events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something;
They are trying to determine the cause of the crash
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Factor

One who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker.
My factor sends me word, a merchant's fledThat owes me for a hundred tun of wine.
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Cause

A justification for something existing or happening;
He had no cause to complain
They had good reason to rejoice
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Factor

A steward or bailiff of an estate.
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Cause

A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end;
He supported populist campaigns
They worked in the cause of world peace
The team was ready for a drive toward the pennant
The movement to end slavery
Contributed to the war effort
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Factor

One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, form a product.
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Cause

Any entity that causes events to happen
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Factor

One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent; a contributory cause.
The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition.
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Cause

A comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy;
The family brought suit against the landlord
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Factor

To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.
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Cause

Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally;
Cause a commotion
Make a stir
Cause an accident
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Factor

Anything that contributes causally to a result;
A number of factors determined the outcome
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Cause

Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;
The ads induced me to buy a VCR
My children finally got me to buy a computer
My wife made me buy a new sofa
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Factor

An abstract part of something;
Jealousy was a component of his character
Two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony
The grammatical elements of a sentence
A key factor in her success
Humor: an effective ingredient of a speech
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Factor

Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
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Factor

One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer;
What are the 4 factors of 6?
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Factor

A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
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Factor

An independent variable in statistics
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Factor

(genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity;
Genes were formerly called factors
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Factor

Resolve into factors;
A quantum computer can factor the number 15
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