diminishing returns

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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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It would also diminish the rights of corporate taxpayers as part of a legislative package intended to better balance the interests of taxpayers vis-a-vis the IRS.
The fact that there has yet to be another incident on the order of 9/11 doesn't diminish the potential that yet remains for catastrophic revenge attacks against civilian populations.
economic embrace with the world is working, over time, to create prosperity, not diminish it.
It's all too easy to think that these losses diminish personal independence.
He looks for - and finds - constructive investigations that do not diminish wonder.
Reductions from very large class sizes are correlated with improved learning, but the gains diminish around 35-40 per class, and essentially disappear in the 20-30 range.