diminishing returns

diminishing returns diˌminishing reˈturns noun [plural] ECONOMICS
1. the idea that a point can be reached where the advantage or profit you are getting stops increasing in relation to the effort you are making:

• By the mid-1990s, cost-cutting and restructuring were producing diminishing returns and the emphasis swung back to growth in revenues.

2. the law of diminishing returns the idea that when workers use a particular amount of something such as land or machinery, each additional worker will produce less and create less profit than the previous worker

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diminishing returns UK US noun [plural]
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.

See also LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS(Cf. law of diminishing returns)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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