diminishing returns

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di·min·ish·ing returns

(dĭ-mĭn′ĭ-shĭng)
pl.n.
A yield rate that after a certain point fails to increase proportionately to additional outlays of capital or investments of time and labor.

diminishing returns

pl n
1. (Economics) progressively smaller rises in output resulting from the increased application of a variable input, such as labour, to a fixed quantity, as of capital or land
2. (Economics) the increase in the average cost of production that may arise beyond a certain point as a result of increasing the overall scale of production

dimin′ishing returns′


n.
any rate of profit, production, benefits, etc., that beyond a certain point fails to increase proportionately with added investment, effort, or skill.
[1805–15]
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Point of Diminishing Returns? The question is why, especially if prices and earnings are up, and costs are down, would the world's top gold miners race to get out of debt?
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