[ pahy-uh-neer-ing ]
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  1. being a pioneer, one of the first to settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others: This early pioneering family helped open up western Victoria in Australia.

  2. being among the first in any field of inquiry or activity; being among those spearheading an initiative of some kind: Ours is a pioneering institution, continually advancing the understanding of medicine through groundbreaking research.

  1. Ecology. (of an organism) successfully establishing itself in a barren area, thus starting an ecological cycle of life: Pioneering species can initiate recovery on drastically disturbed sites like that of the former gas plant.

  1. the act or process of being a pioneer; the early settling of land, or the first forays into some type of activity: I read about that forward-thinking doctor in an article on the pioneering of in vitro fertilization.

Origin of pioneering

First recorded in 1700–10; pioneer + -ing2 for the adjective senses; pioneer + -ing1 for the noun sense

Other words from pioneering

  • un·pi·o·neer·ing, adjective

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