case in point

noun phrase

: an illustrative, relevant, or pertinent case

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The current state of the Amazon is a case in point: scientists fear that losses of ecosystem resilience from deforestation combined with rising temperatures have created a threshold from which these rich forests may not recover, threatening to leave the region in a state of perpetual drought. Pamela Mcelwee, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2023 Enel is a case in point. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2023 As a case in point, the island of Simeulue was close to the epicenter of the 2004 earthquake, yet among a population of some 80,000 people, only seven died in the tsunami, an outcome that owes much to the attentiveness of the inhabitants to the behavior of the local fauna. WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of case in point was in 1647

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“Case in point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

case in point

: a typical or relevant case

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