pain point

noun

plural pain points
: a persistent or recurring problem (as with a product or service) that frequently inconveniences or annoys customers
When you're in an established market, you have an established customer; their needs and pain points are clearly laid out on your competitors' review sites.Billy Polson
Customer service, which has been a pain point of bigger banks for years, is also improving in that it's getting faster and requires little from you.Chris Welch
broadly : something that is a recurring source of trouble, annoyance, or distress
Meanwhile, ironing is a pain point with her boyfriend because she loves the look of a crisply pressed men's shirt. "He never irons his shirts and it drives me crazy," she [Elyse Moody] says. Jura Konicus

Examples of pain point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two women faced major pain points when trying to determine whether a fashion, apparel or beauty item would suit their body or skin tone. Meghan Hall, Sourcing Journal, 18 June 2024 The disparate recoveries happening throughout the Eurozone help shed light on another pain point in European politics. Andrea Mammone, Foreign Affairs, 22 Jan. 2016 When creating or improving materials, developers work with mills around the world, often starting with athletes to understand their pain points and relying on textile science to engineer solutions. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2024 Thankfully, with pain points come innovative solutions. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pain point 

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pain point was in 1986

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“Pain point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pain%20point. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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