There's a problem we wish to solve. Past methods for tackling the problem have failed. Newly developed methods are effective in solving it.

What's the adjective or noun for the new methods that succeed where past methods failed? I want to emphasize that the methods are modern and effective while old methods are not.

  • Your own effective works.
    – Lawrence
    Feb 8 '18 at 23:56
  • @Lawrence Edited, adding bit of nuance
    – Hatshepsut
    Feb 8 '18 at 23:58
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    innovative solution
    – J. Taylor
    Feb 9 '18 at 0:31
  • Sample sentence, please! Feb 9 '18 at 4:28

In scientific contexts, the word novel is used. “We describe a novel approach to reducing inflammation...”

Technically, it only means “new”, not “new and improved”, but people will assume it’s better.

Consider also innovative and (if you must) groundbreaking.



There's a problem we wish to solve. Past methods for tackling it have failed. Our new futuristic methods are most effective in solving it.

Runner ups: cutting-edge revolutionary visionary


  • I want to avoid words that are too booster-/hype-sounding like "revolutionary" and "visionary". So "cutting-edge" is my favorite of these. It doesn't quite imply that the new methods are effective, though.
    – Hatshepsut
    Feb 9 '18 at 0:25
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    or ' like a monomolecular blade'. A futuristic knife whose cutting edge is molecules thick! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomolecular_wire
    – lbf
    Feb 9 '18 at 0:50
  • This is unlikely to have a positive effect on technically astute readers. "Futuristic methods" suggests a solution which is valid in theory but can't yet be put into practice because it requires more computation or more precise manufacturing than is cost-effective today.
    – Ben Voigt
    Feb 10 '18 at 15:45
  • and futuristic may imply said company has come upon parts or all of such ... and is playing their cards close.
    – lbf
    Feb 10 '18 at 15:49

I think the word you are looking for is the noun “breakthrough”. A solution can only be a breakthrough if the problem has proved hard to solve over a period of time. The most familiar examples come in medical and pharmacological research.

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