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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Political outcomes, just like economic returns, are governed by the law of diminishing returns.
The film itself succumbs to the law of diminishing returns because it fails to introduce innovations that can turn the inherently predictable genre on its head.
When it comes to the law of diminishing returns, the Purge series is now plunging into the same territory as any sequel with the words Paranormal or Amityville in its title.
But our quest for comprehensiveness runs smack into the law of diminishing returns.
But even that advantage has been subject to the law of diminishing returns.
An example would be the law of diminishing returns.
Despite the risk of falling foul of the law of diminishing returns, some of the gags even get repeated.
YOU will be familiar with the law of diminishing returns, where you pay increasingly large amounts of money for ever smaller improvements.
A good example of the law of diminishing returns is the new code mandate for the adoption of daylight.
The law of diminishing returns is fundamental to all of production economics.
For instance, neoclassical theory and the production function based on it focused on the law of diminishing returns and, as a result, economic growth could be explained by external factors alone.
Above that, I find the law of diminishing returns kicks in, whether manifesting itself in ineffective performance or ill-health.