The agent is a person or group of people who act on behalf of other people (a principal).

In business, this is typically the chief executive officer or another person who is put in charge of a company owned by others.
An agent is someone who works secretly for an organization. For instance, an FBI agent.
An agent is a person appointed by another person (better referred to as principal) to act on his behalf. The principal is responsible for all acts done by the agent within the scope of his instructions. If an agent acts outside his principal's instructions, he will be personally liable.
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