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Definition of Limiting factor

Limiting factor Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
A factor or condition that, either temporarily or permanently, impedes mission accomplishment. Illustrative examples are transportation network deficiencies, lack of in-place facilities, malpositioned forces or materiel, extreme climatic conditions, distance, transit or overflight rights, political conditions, etc.
  
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Limiting factor Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A limiting factor limits the growth or development of an organism, population, or process.

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Limiting factor Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
EPA Terms of Environment
A condition whose absence or excessive concentration, is incompatible with the needs or tolerance of a species or population and which may have a negative influence on their ability to thrive.
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Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
A condition whose absence or excessive concentration is incompatible with the needs or tolerance of a species or population and which may have a negative influence on their ability to thrive and/or survive. A factor such as temperature, light, water, or a chemical that limits the existence, growth, abundance, or distribution of an organism.