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[fyoo-chuh-ris-tik] /ˌfyu tʃəˈrɪs tɪk/
of or relating to the future:
a futuristic view of the world.
ahead of the times; advanced:
futuristic technology.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to futurism:
the futuristic rejection of traditional forms.
Origin of futuristic
1910-15; future + -istic
Related forms
futuristically, adverb
nonfuturistic, adjective
semifuturistic, adjective
unfuturistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for futuristic
  • It may still sound futuristic, but the era of mind-controlled machines is here.
  • Ickiness aside, biometrics have become less futuristic and more now-istic.
  • At the margin, it is certainly worth putting more money into manpower at the expense of some futuristic projects.
  • If it takes a few years for society to catch up with his futuristic visions, so be it.
  • Then, with the next wave of technology, the vision becomes decidedly futuristic.
  • To match her hair, her makeup was futuristic glam, with silver gray lids and pale pink lips.
  • The futuristic sets were extremely complicated, and special effects kept breaking down.
  • Along the way, the concept has gone from futuristic novelty to often-tacky tourist traps.
  • Though the burnished blend of retro and futuristic is visually impressive, the movie was made with no sets or locations.
  • Why do electric cars always have to look so darned futuristic.
British Dictionary definitions for futuristic


denoting or relating to design, technology, etc, that is thought likely to be current or fashionable at some future time; ultramodern
of or relating to futurism
Derived Forms
futuristically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for futuristic

1915, "avant garde," from futurism. Meaning "pertaining to the future" is from 1958, from future + -istic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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