What is the difference between "increasingly less" and "decreasingly"?
- Selling X is getting increasingly less profitable.
- Selling X is getting decreasingly profitable.
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Taken out of context, there is no difference. "Decreasingly profitable" is an awkward turn of phrase, but it's not ungrammatical.
If you say something is decreasingly profitable it's one word with a negative connotation ("decreasingly") paired with a similar-length word with a positive connotation ("profitable"). "Increasingly less profitable" is two long, positive words paired with one short, negative word. It sounds more pleasant even though it means exactly the same thing.
Of course no one with half a brain is fooled by this -- but nevertheless this kind of verbiage is ubiquitous.
Selling X is getting increasingly less profitable
Indicates that selling X is still profitable, but less than it has been and increasingly means the rate at which it is becoming less profitable is going up.
Selling X is getting decreasingly profitable
Only indicates that the profitability of selling X is going down.