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diminishing returns

the characteristic of any production system in which increases in variable inputs result in increasing reduction of total output. An indicator of when to stop making additional inputs to the system, when the input exceeds the additional output.
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Diminish is discreetly tucked away in Kilner Bank, accessible from Moldgreen.
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This is a perfect example of good spinning: the facts got out, in context, and we helped diminish the impact of the story not by deceiving but by ensuring a comprehensive and accurate treatment of those facts.
To those who fear they would be diminished by the city becoming smaller, that it would diminish their sense of themselves, we say this: Let the city's leaders embrace an all-encompassing vision of greatness, of freedom, equality and respect for all.
While the value of gold cards is diminishing in the Singaporean market, it is inevitable that the value of platinum cards will also diminish.
New York City - In the Big Apple, "price per pound increases on prime office" and "returns diminish as buyers pounce on well-leased midtown buildings put on the block.
In another approach, Escher tried to fit together replicas of a figure, such as a fish, that diminish in size as they spiral into or recede from a point in the middle of a square or circular frame.
According to Evans Data Corporation's new Fall 2004 Web Services/SOA Development Survey, 4 in 10 Web Services developers feel that Web Services either "absolutely" or "probably" diminish the need for Enterprise Application Integration.
Their smart antenna chips can increase network capacity, enhance the quality of voice and data services, expand cell phone communication range, and diminish signal fade and interference.
Some of the effects of lead poisoning may diminish if exposure is reduced, but others are irreversible.
To critics, a season already asterisked for its brevity will get another black mark to diminish the new champion's claim.