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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
Good European governance is also based upon Foresight and Forward looking exercises: analysis of societal trends in the world and in the Union, setting-up of reference and alternative scenarios, identification of potential breakthroughs are all elements that allow decision-makers to highlight their choices under a new perspective.
potential breakthroughs = potential factors
Thank you for your efforts.
A breakthrough is something that enables people to take a great step forwards or to make progress when things have be stalled, so I'd say it's more than a factor- it's the policy, law, decision, creation of an institution, etc, that makes a big difference.
I agree with Tdol. It is a dynamic combination of two words having deep meaning. Potential means that which is possible (when the necessary conditions exist or created). Breakthrough meansan act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction. Here are two recent headlines which carry a lot significance for every body.
1. Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council is seen as potential breakthrough in peaceful co-existence and nuclear disarmament
2. Potential Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment The potential applications of IsoFlow are exciting. We are looking forward to seeing how physicians will leverage this breakthrough catheter medical device into practice and the impact that it will surely make on the prognosis of so many patients."
Thank you for your cultivated and well-meaning explanation.
Here are a few additional words supporting my “frivolous” interpretation of the expression in question.
potential breakthroughs = wild-cards = potential factors
wild-card= an unpredictable or unforeseeable factor: A surprise witness proved to be the wild card at the trial.
wild-card= an unpredictable factor, wild-cards = high-impact events
potential = capable of being but not yet in existence; latent: a potential problem, a potential factor, a potential event, an potential act
breakthrough = an act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction; a major achievement or success that permits further progress, as in technology
By the way, in my humble opinion, the following sentence in a very plausible reading of the original one in the sarat106’s post above.
Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council is seen as potential factor in peaceful co-existence and nuclear disarmament
Last edited by vil; 17-Oct-2009 at 14:52.
As regards wild cat, its meaning and use is different from breakthrough.
Last edited by sarat_106; 18-Oct-2009 at 07:54.