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diminishing returns definition by Webster's New World
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Econ. the proportionately smaller increase in productivity observed after a certain point in the increase of capital, labor, etc.
diminishing returns definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A yield rate that after a certain point fails to increase proportionately to additional outlays of capital or investments of time and labor.
diminishing returns - Business Definition
Successively smaller increases in output that result from adding additional units of input. Adding a third cashier to the checkout section of a store is likely to be less productive than was the addition of the second cashier. Adding a fourth cashier is likely to produce even smaller gains in revenue. Also called law of diminishing returns.