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diminishing returns

Still, they caressed each other desperately, clumsily, with diminishing returns.
Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  economics:  a situation where as more of an input is applied, each additional unit of input produces less additional output
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For example, it is very valuable for a family to own a car. Owning a second car is less valuable. A third is still less valuable. Thus, cars in a family have diminishing returns.
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  • Still, they caressed each other desperately, clumsily, with diminishing returns.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • On the other hand, a pessimist was someone with expectations lower than reality, a fraction of diminishing returns.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other to the law of diminishing returns.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Knowing that your illness follows the law of diminishing returns.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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  • And I remembered reading an article about baby boomers, how we expect the best and when we get it we worry that maybe we should have expected more, because it’s all diminishing returns after a certain age.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • GUIL: It must be the law of diminishing returns.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • At that point, the price is probably going to be running up pretty solid and we’ll be hitting diminishing returns, so the old families might start to sell.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The cybemeticists have their multiple-feedback loops, though it is never quite clear how they know what kind of, which, and how many to install, and the ecological gestaltists do draw lines representing points of diminishing returns, though it is sometimes equally difficult to see how they assign their values and priorities.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • This is an example of the Law of Diminishing Returns.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • "You reach a point of diminishing returns," Dr. Givens said.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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  • These were the findings he’d reached so far: Higher income was associated with higher happiness, but in diminishing returns.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
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