n.1.Lack of exertion; lack of effort; defect of action; indolence; laziness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Larger firm size makes it harder for the individual employee to improve firm value through her efforts; a sizable workforce at a firm creates free-riding in the sense that one employee's inexertion of effort can be easily overcome by the efforts of others, while exertion of effort by one employee is diluted by the acts of her many peers.