path·​break·​ing ˈpath-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce pathbreaking (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Espy mentioned those remarks in his announcement video, emphasizing his pathbreaking role as Mississippi's first black congressman since Reconstruction. NBC News, 13 Nov. 2019 In her 2008 run, Clinton had been reluctant to emphasize her pathbreaking role. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 14 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pathbreaking was in 1886

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“Pathbreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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