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To a point vs To the point

to a point

1. (also: to a fine point) thoroughly; completely:

  • The idea is clear to a point: it is irrational to object to death, since we do not object to pre-natal nonexistence.

2. (also: up to a point) to a certain extent but not absolutely:

  • To a point this is the sort of gamesmanship that attorneys, for better or for worse, do.

to the pointrelevant; pertinent to the matter or subject in question:

  • He made a suggestion that was altogether to the point.