limiting factor

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limiting factor (uncountable)

  1. In management accounting, a constraint that limits the business from achieving a higher level of profitability.
  2. In biology, a condition that limits the growth or abundance of a population of organisms in an ecosystem.


  • 2008, G. Miller, Scott Spoolman, Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions, Cengage Learning →ISBN, page 58
    This ecological principle is called the limiting factor principle: Too much or too little of any abiotic factor can limit or prevent growth of a population, even if all other factors are at or near the optimal range of tolerance.