breaking point


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

Examples of breaking point in a Sentence

tensions between the two nations had risen to the breaking point
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First Known Use of breaking point

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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6 Aug 2022

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“Breaking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of breaking point

: the point at which a person gives way under stress


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