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Le Châtelier principle

[ luh shaht-l-yey prin-suh-puhl ]

noun

, Physics.
  1. the law that if a constraint is applied to a system in equilibrium, the system adjusts to a new equilibrium that tends to counteract the constraint.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Le Châtelier principle1

First recorded in 1910–15; lechatelierite

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lechatelieriteLe Chatelier's principle