(the law of) diminishing returns

(the law of) diminishing returns
the principle that as expenditure or investment increases each further increase produces a proportionately smaller return.

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  • law of diminishing returns — noun Economics the theory or principle that constant increases in input or production will eventually result in progressively smaller increases in output or profit …   Australian English dictionary

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