1.  a person who is the first to study and develop a particular area of knowledge, culture, etc. that other people then continue to develop
  2. one of the first people to go to a particular area in order to live and work thereEarly pioneers settled on both sides of the Maple River.

Sources: Oxford Dictonary

Text: “pioneering research has been superseded by more detailed studies that shed considerable light. (Francaviglia, P55)”

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