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factor
as in:  It was the deciding factor.


During the course of the first paragraph, the narrator’s focus shifts from factors making her unhappy to identification of alternatives.
  one of the things that influences a result or outcome
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Notes:
This meaning of factor is commonly seen on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.

You also may encounter x-factor or x factor—meaning "the most important thing that influences a result or outcome."
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  • During the course of the first paragraph, the narrator’s focus shifts from factors making her unhappy to identification of alternatives.
  • Lack of exercise is a bigger risk factor than obesity in premature death.
  • Cost was an important factor in our decision.
  • Sometimes they’re caused by the interaction of many genes, possibly in combination with environmental factors.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
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