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path-breaking

Novel, innovative, and unprecedented; establishing a new standard for the future. The narration in this novel is truly path-breaking—I've never read anything like it! We've had some really path-breaking legislation this year that will influence the laws in this nation for decades to come.
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path-breaking

mainly AMERICAN
You describe someone's achievement as path-breaking when they have done something completely different and new which will affect the way in which things are done or considered in the future. Russia's Parliament today approved a path-breaking measure that gives individual farmers a right to buy and sell their own land. Path-breaking work in computing is always risky. Note: You can refer to someone who achieves something path-breaking as a path-breaker. Any male Scot who can make an actor's living for two decades out of being funny and vulnerable, has to be considered a path-breaker. Note: You can also say that people break new paths. Traditional 18-to-22-year-old students are also breaking new paths.
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In the essay that opens this collection, the noted law professor John Phillip Reid provides the volume with a potentially pathbreaking thesis: that Western legal history consists not of facts, biographies, or tall tales, but of layers that transcend traditional legal disciplines and traditional notions of history.
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Described as pathbreaking and strikingly original, this book argues that there was relative parity amongst market economies in core areas of China, other parts of Asia, and Western Europe as late as the beginning of the nineteenth century.
The pathbreaking work of David Rothman introduced the subject of institutions and reform to the practice of social history, but Rothman's and other historians' concentration on questions of social control prompted a top-heavy focus on ideology and reform.
Douglas Hurt of the Center for Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University called the book a pathbreaking study which considers, "a heretofore unexplored subject in American agricultural history and [which] makes an important contribution to American, agricultural, and New York history."
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But it's only the authors such as the pathbreaking Chughtai and Manto who find a permanent place in the golden pages of history books, for successive generations to remember them with respect long after they are gone -- Chughati passed away in 1991 at the age of 76 years while Manto died much younger at the age of 43 in 1955.
Nonetheless, all will find this pathbreaking scholar's insights to be stimulating.
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The recruitment of black regiments in 1862 and the termination of slavery in the District of Columbia and the territories are neglected, as is the pathbreaking social reception of African Americans at the White House.