Rate determining step

  1. For a multi-step reaction, how is the rate determining step defined.
    Is it
    -the step with the highest activation barrier OR
    -the step with the highest transition state energy

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    For example, I found this picture online. The first step has a higher barrier, but the second step has a higher energy TS.

    Thanks
     
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