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limiting factor

  1. (in chemical processes) a component that limits the amount of the product that can be formed or its rate of formation, because it is present in small quantities. For example, light intensity can be a limiting factor in PHOTOSYNTHESIS.
  2. (in ecology) a factor that restricts the numbers of a population, such as food or nest sites.
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The FSA identified six key factors in the failure of RBS, most significantly its weak capital position and over-reliance on risky short-term funding in wholesale markets.
The FSA said the seventh key factor in explaining the bank's demise was the management, led by chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin.
He will be a key factor for the Scorpions in this week's title game.
In this paper, I emphasize the importance of discriminating between the key factor and the key stage.
Two key factors were the "drivers" of this upswing in economic growth.
I believe that no less than 400 papers based on key factor analysis have been published in the past few decades.
Young: The key factor was that we had assembled a building committee of experts.
He's been a key factor for the Knights in a 7-3 preseason.
The second key factor is how much you have invested in the machine now.
The need to minimize the interruption these processes may have on a company's business is also a key factor for this shift in the in-house/outside counsel relationship.
High emotion is the key factor that drives the shopper to buy and successful retailers play to the emotion in the entire retail experience.