law of diminishing returns


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law of diminishing returns

n.
The tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved.
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Noun1.law of diminishing returns - a law affirming that to continue after a certain level of performance has been reached will result in a decline in effectiveness
law of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
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Were it not for the law of diminishing returns, a single farmer could produce all the corn required in the world, merely by acquiring all of the available nitrogen fertilizer and applying it to his or her farm.
Sadly, at the moment, their heroic sacrifice is something akin to the law of diminishing returns.
Clearly, the law of diminishing returns is setting in somewhere.
The TV lawyers are eating each other up, and the law of diminishing returns is kicking in.
Related to Creative Suite, Hilal believes the challenges are two-fold: first, it is suffering from the law of diminishing returns, whereby there is less reason to upgrade with each successive release (and a model based mostly on unit sales exacerbates this); and second, new standards, specifically HTML5, will lessen the relevance of Flash and ultimately of CS.
Classical economists will relish eight case studies demonstrating Ricardo's law of diminishing returns.
In a perfect illustration of the law of diminishing returns, the protagonists of this series have become caricatures of their original, sharply delineated selves, and the serial-killer-cum-stalker plot, once fresh and exciting, is now formulaic and stale.
The generally high literary tenor of this collection is maintained in other pieces too numerous to describe, including "Taormina," by Duncan Fallowell, "A Wedding in the Sky," by Michael Klein, "The Law of Diminishing Returns," by Dale Peck, and "On Going Back," by Brian Bouldrey.
The Law of Diminishing Returns also plays a role in reducing Societal Variance by lowering the ability for Technological Wherewithal to generate more Affordable Choices (fig.
Again, he keeps it short and sweet, mumbling something about the law of diminishing returns, and is off stage before ten.
Consider the law of diminishing returns in cinema, where sequels that improve on the original are famously limited to The Godfather Part II, Aliens and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
But even if you're not among those who suffer agonizing caffeine headaches, your regular intake of the substance assures you will be subject to the cruel law of diminishing returns.