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VERIFIED PRINCIPLE: A generally accepted, verified, fundamental law of nature that has been tested against and verified with real world data. A verified principle begins as an hypotheses implied by a theory, which is then compared against real world observations. If the hypothesis is consistently supported by data, it achieves the rank "verified" principle. This should be contrasted with unverifiable axiom.

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INVERSE: The mathematical notion that two variables change in the opposite directions, that is, an increase in X goes with a decrease in Y, or a decrease in X goes with an increase in Y. The alternative to an inverse relation is a direct relation, in which an increase in one variable goes with an increase in the other. Inverse relations are graphically illustrated by negatively-sloped curves, a common example being the demand curve.

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MARGINAL RETURNS

The change in the quantity of total product resulting from a unit change in a variable input, holding all other inputs fixed. Marginal returns is an older and more generic term for marginal product. While marginal product has largely replaced marginal returns in most discussions of short-run production, the phrase does persist in a few terms like the law of diminishing marginal returns.

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