• The capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power.
  • The capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices.
  • A medium through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.
  • The office or function of an agent; also, the relationship between a principal and that person's agent.
  • An establishment engaged in doing business for another; also, the place of business or the district of such an agency.
  • A department or other administrative unit of a government; also, the office or headquarters of, or the district administered by such unit of government.


  • From Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agÄ“ns (present participle of agere), agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).

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