breaking point


: the point at which a person gives way under stress
: the point at which a situation becomes critical
: the point at which something loses force or validity
stretch the rules to the breaking point

Examples of breaking point in a Sentence

tensions between the two nations had risen to the breaking point
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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breaking point was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Breaking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

breaking point

: the point at which a person gives way under stress
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