breaking point

noun

Definition of breaking point 

1 : the point at which a person gives way under stress

2 : the point at which a situation becomes critical

3 : the point at which something loses force or validity stretch the rules to the breaking point

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Examples of breaking point in a Sentence

tensions between the two nations had risen to the breaking point

First Known Use of breaking point

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breaking point

noun

Medical Definition of breaking point 

: the point at which a person gives way under stress

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