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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
First recorded in 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
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  • Yes, of course, you would be on his side–all this futuristic nonsense.

    Mr. Pim Passes By Alan Alexander Milne
  • A futuristic touch, that—we'd say the cart ran on broadcast power.

    Question of Comfort Les Collins
  • On the job, the atmosphere was getting a bit too rich and futuristic.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Some writers are futuristic on alternate days, or every seventh day.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • Copies of the futuristic cartoon strip, Buck Rogers, and such other newspaper stf.

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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