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Le Châtelier principle

[luh shaht-l-yey] /lə ˈʃɑt lˌyeɪ/
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
1910-15; see lechatelierite Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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