One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the politico-economical doctrine of the physiocrats: the amount by which the value of agricultural products exceeds the cost of their production; the net product.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Arthur Young (1741–1820), agricultural reformer and writer. From French produit net net product from produit + net.
produit net/ˌprɒdwiː ˈnɛt/
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