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point of no return

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The point in a course of action beyond which reversal is not possible.
  • n. The point in the flight of an aircraft beyond which there is insufficient fuel for return to the starting point.

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  • n. The point in an aircraft's flight when there is insufficient fuel to reverse direction and return to the place of origin.
  • n. The point in any journey, process, or sequence of events when it is no longer possible to reverse course or stop the process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment

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  • Related to the phrase, 'tipping point'. The distinction being that a 'point of no return' does not have any capability of being returned back to its starting state or position and is sometimes approached linearly without necessarily having a sudden acceleration past a certain point whereas a 'tipping point' implies the existence of multiple stable positions between which a system or object alternate and a non-linear change in the system or object at the tipping point.

    June 19, 2009