marginal utility

noun

Definition of marginal utility

: the amount of additional utility provided by an additional unit of an economic good or service

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Recent Examples on the Web Something about marginal utility, blah blah, and some Keynesian claptrap about wondrous government spending. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Your 2020 Econ Crash Course," 12 July 2020 His central idea of marginal utility was simultaneously developed in England by W.S. Jevons and on the Continent by Léon Walras. Edward Chancellor, The New York Review of Books, "The Long Shadow of the Austrian School," 29 Apr. 2020 Prices were determined by supply and demand, considering the marginal utility or marginal cost of something. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "One of the world’s most influential economists is on a mission to save capitalism from itself," 22 July 2019 There’s a term for this in economics: diminishing marginal utility. Sloane Crosley, The Cut, "The Doctor Is a Woman," 26 Mar. 2018 Its 800 or so members—often science and engineering types—meet twice a month for dancing, kayaking or just a good, old-fashioned debate about the marginal utility of funding a global deworming program. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Charitable Sleuths Chase Donor Efficiency," 9 Aug. 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Marginal utility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marginal%20utility. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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