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?


You could say X has the potential for seminal research.

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.


What about groundbreaking?

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


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.

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