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

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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, "Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 U.S. Senate bid in Mississippi," 13 Nov. 2019 In her 2008 run, Clinton had been reluctant to emphasize her pathbreaking role. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Hillary Clinton’s Legacy Is Huge and Lasting," 14 Sep. 2017

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Pathbreaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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