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diminishing returnsnoun [plural]

uk   /dɪˌmɪn.ɪʃ.ɪŋ rɪˈtɜːnz/  us   /dɪˌmɪn.ɪʃ.ɪŋ rɪˈtɝːnz/
The law of diminishing returns refers to a situation in which a smaller result is achieved for an increasing amount of effort.
(Definition of diminishing returns from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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diminishing returnsnoun [plural]

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ECONOMICS a situation in which less and less is achieved despite the use of increasing amounts of effort or money: As diminishing returns set in on any given marketing tactic, revenues will exceed costs by less and less.
(Definition of diminishing returns from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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