diminishing return

Definition

A point beyond which the application of additional resources yields less than proportional increases in output.

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You should always know when you are facing a diminishing return and decide when it is right to step away.

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There was a diminishing return for us and I asked my friend to look into that area of our business and fix it.

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Our CEO refused to invest any more money in our digital search division because the products were not successful and he felt there would be a diminishing return on any more capital invested.

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