the point at which an issue, idea, product, etc., crosses a certain threshhold and gains significant momentum, triggered by some minor factor or change.
the point in a situation at which a minor development precipitates a crisis: Every infected person brings us closer to the tipping point, when the outbreak becomes an epidemic.
Physics. the point at which an object is no longer balanced, and adding a small amount of weight can cause it to topple.
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How to use tipping point in a sentence
Merchants Fleet CEO Keegan, citing Geoffrey Moore’s nearly 30-year-old tech-marketing classic, Crossing the Chasm, believes that the coronavirus has finally pushed e-commerce to a tipping point.How FedEx, UPS, and Amazon prepared for holiday shipping deadlines this year | dzanemorris | December 13, 2020 | Fortune
Stop Hate for Profit highlighted social media hitting its tipping point.The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here | Walter Thompson | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
With the pandemic, plus the housing crisis, plus the homelessness crisis, we reached a tipping point locally.San Diego Is a Big City – Todd Gloria Wants it to Act Like One | Andrew Keatts | November 6, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
With the waning of liberal democracy we are at a cultural tipping point in the west where opponents do not neatly line up as left versus right and where politics is increasingly defined by cultural values.As The World Watches US Election, The Appeal Of America Is Diminished | LGBTQ-Editor | November 2, 2020 | No Straight News
I think we are at tipping points now in where capital is going.The U.S. will leave the Paris climate accord on Nov. 4. But voters will decide for how long. | Steven Mufson, Brady Dennis | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
We have reached a tipping point where mega donors completely dominate the landscape.
Your death is a tragic bookend to a year touted as the “transgender tipping point.”Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
We have reached a tipping point in the culture where Americans are now trained to look to the rules instead of their own judgment.
I agree with you, but the youthful energy in the libertarian movement foresees a tipping point.
There is a feeling in the air that Pankisi is about to reach its tipping point.
British Dictionary definitions for tipping point
the crisis stage in a process, when a significant change takes place
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