tipping point


Definition of tipping point

: the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place

Examples of tipping point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 10-minute speech, delivered 50 years ago Monday, was a tipping point in the history of gay rights. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The quick rise of at-home testing could be a tipping point in a conversation that began for public health experts months ago. Arkansas Online, 31 Dec. 2021 Though Western and European nations have a long history of working with Russia on space exploration even during times of tension, the recent invasion of Ukraine was a tipping point for partnering countries. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2022 Was 2021 a tipping point for startups’ board diversity? Claire Zillman, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2021 Marquis: Is the advent of carbon markets in agriculture a tipping point for sustainability? Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The violence reached its tipping point when Fields drove into a crowd. Amir Vera, CNN, 25 Oct. 2021 That was likely the tipping point for Marc Trestman, but he wasn’t fired until the end of the season. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 29 Sep. 2021 His tipping point came in March, when a gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas, including six women of Asian descent. Liyan Qi, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tipping point

1959, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Tipping point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tipping%20point. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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