ostensible agent

   A person who has been given the appearance of being an employee or agent acting for another (i.e., a principal), when the appearance would make someone dealing with the ostensible agent reasonably believe he or she was an employee or agent. This could occur if the ostensible agent has stationery or forms from the company, uses a company vehicle or uniform, or has a desk in the company office. Actions by an ostensible agent can leave a business liable for contractual commitments or for damages. See apparent authority.

Business law dictionary. 2015.

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