Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In a sentence, when talking about future, for a person with huge potential.

X has the potential for some ? research in Y field.

I was thinking

  • game changing
  • revolutionary

but both of these do not convey the right meaning.

Is there some other word that will serve the purpose here?

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers 3

up vote 3 down vote accepted

You could say X has the potential for seminal research.

seminal
4. highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.

If you don't want to make such an extreme prediction, I would go with Rimmer's suggestion of groundbreaking.

share|improve this answer
add comment

What about groundbreaking?

Innovative; new, different; doing something that has never been done before.

share|improve this answer
add comment

How about pioneering? This often seems to be used for breakthrough medical research in particular.

There's also cutting-edge, bleeding-edge and the like, which are commonly used in technical fields.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.