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

  • n. One that opens a path or trail.
  • n. One that is original or innovative; a pioneer.

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  • n. A person who carries out pathbreaking work.


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  • Instead, he chose young men who, in his judgment, were capable of handling the pressure of being a pathbreaker.

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • Tova Sanhadray, chairwoman of the Emunah organization and the first woman member of the Knesset to represent the National Religious Party, is regarded as a pathbreaker, since she began her public activity in Israel at a time when the participation of religious women in public life was not yet considered acceptable.

    Tova Sanhadray-Goldreich.

  • As a successful director who often works outside the Hollywood studio system, Silver has been a pathbreaker.

    Joan Micklin Silver.

  • Sosa is a pathbreaker, already perhaps the most recognizable Latino star America has known.

    Sosa's Streak

  • It's fitting that one of the most important independent films of all time would be a pathbreaker in digitally projected and transported films.

    Adam Werbach: Sundance Report, Day 3

  • As to the Mayor's modus operandi, I told Bruck that I thought he was the finest power politician I had seen in many years, that he was capable of amazing multi-tasking, that he was a progressive Latino pathbreaker and civil rights leader who might actually go "all the way."

    Tom Hayden: The New Yorker's Profiling of Antonio Villaraigosa

  • The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas was a pathbreaker here, deliberately launching a major suicide-bombing offensive in 1996 to tilt a round of upcoming Israeli elections toward the hard-line Likud Party, thereby undermining the Oslo peace process that could have ended the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, over the long haul, put Hamas out of business.

    reassurance from those nice obama people

  • No one today thinks of Lurleen Wallace as a pathbreaker.

    "But if you use the word pal — or worse, the phrase my friend — in my kitchen, it'll make people paranoid. My friend famously means 'asshole'...."

  • This is one respect in which Obama would be anything but a pathbreaker: By our count, white women have given birth to more than three dozen U.S. presidents.

    The Peretz-Farrakhan Convergence

  • Lower-middle-class women especially saw her as a pathbreaker, refuting the notion that her symbolic candidacy was limited to upscale professional women.

    Hillary's Missed Moment


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