Le Châtelier principle

[luh shaht-l-yey]

noun Physics.

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.

Origin of Le Châtelier principle

First recorded in 1910–15; see origin at lechatelierite
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