The hypothesis that, for given reactants, the reactions involving the smallest change in nuclear positions will have the lowest @A00102@. (It is also often simply referred to as principle of least motion.)
Source: PAC, 1994, 66, 1077. (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1134 [Terms] [Paper]
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