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futurity

[fyoo-too r-i-tee, -tyoo r-, -choo r-, -chur-] /fyuˈtʊər ɪ ti, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtʃʊər-, -ˈtʃɜr-/
noun, plural futurities.
1.
future time:
Such discussion is better left to futurity.
2.
future generations; posterity:
What will futurity say about this?
3.
the afterlife:
the promise of eternal rest in futurity.
4.
a future state or condition; a future event, possibility, or prospect:
We are concerned about the futurity of unsubsidized opera. His tactfulness remains more of a futurity than a reality.
5.
the quality of being future:
the futurity of the end of the world.
6.
Also called futurity race. Horse Racing. a race, usually for two-year-olds, in which the entrants are selected long before the race is run, sometimes before the birth of the foal.
Origin of futurity
1595-1605
1595-1605; future + -ity
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  • futurity can be no source of alarm to him who is conscious of acting right.

  • But I shall be thought to be looking rather too far into futurity.

  • How many bones must still remain in the vicinity of that siege, for futurity to discover!

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was the death-card of superstitious lookers into futurity.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Serpents, also, constantly gnaw the roots, from which come the fountains of wisdom and futurity.

  • When we legislate, unless we intend to change, we must look to futurity.

    Diary in America, Series Two Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Even the powerful mind of Johnson seemed foiled by futurity.

    Life of Johnson James Boswell
  • Political economy was still sleeping in the womb of futurity.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Its incursions into futurity are earthly, not of heaven or hell, and its problems are of time, not of eternity.

  • "Emma, I think you have the worst of this peeping into futurity," said Mary, laughing.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for futurity

futurity

/fjuːˈtjʊərɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a less common word for future
2.
the quality of being in the future
3.
a future event
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Word Origin and History for futurity
n.

c.1600, from future + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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