inflection point

noun

1
: a moment when significant change occurs or may occur : turning point
At 18, Bobby is at an inflection point that will largely determine the course of his life.Stacy Perman
… the gradual move away from big-iron machines toward work stations and personal computers has been going on for years in corporate America—but the inflection point came suddenly.Steve Lohr
It depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly at certain inflection points in history; particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs.Barack Obama
2
mathematics : a point on a curve that separates an arc concave upward from one concave downward and vice versa

Examples of inflection point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inflection point came with his indefatigable reporting on the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Though this big, dynamic wave will continue to crest through the first half of 2024, February is an inflection point, and things are about to get interesting in your professional life. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Jan. 2024 Netflix and Amazon now produce over half of their content internationally, an inflection point from traditional U.S.-centric production to a more diversified and growing global approach. Callum McLennan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 One of the inflection points of the fall 2023 couture season was Valentino’s show opener, a pair of trompe l’oeil jeans made of silk gazar embellished with beads in 80 hues of indigo. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 21 Jan. 2024 Ackman has been confronting his own personal inflection point. Annie Massa, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2024 Two years ago, Morris reached his own inflection point. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 This tumultuous global moment is also an inflection point for philanthropy. Mark Malloch-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 15 Jan. 2024 The inflection point occurs when average winter temperatures in a watershed are warmer than 17 degrees. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1708, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of inflection point was circa 1708

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“Inflection point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflection%20point. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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