the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
Origin of breaking point
First recorded in 1895–1900
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for breaking point
Historical Examples of breaking point
Fate recognised that there would come a breaking-point, and relented in time.
Was this the final crash of a brain driven to breaking-point?
As for driving them to breaking-point, I think you need not fear for that.
He had been strained by something or other to the breaking-point—so much was evident.
The cords in his neck stood out like strings drawn to the breaking-point.
British Dictionary definitions for breaking point
the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
the moment of crisis in a situation
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breaking point in Medicine
The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.
The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.
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