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 formsfu·tur·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·fu·tur·is·tic, adjectivesem·i·fu·tur·is·tic, adjectiveun·fu·tur·is·tic, adjective
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Related Words for futuristic

modern, innovative, advanced, revolutionary, visionary, pioneering

Examples from the Web for futuristic

Contemporary Examples of futuristic

Historical Examples of futuristic

  • A futuristic touch, that—we'd say the cart ran on broadcast power.

  • Some writers are Futuristic on alternate days, or every seventh day.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

  • Yes, of course, you would be on his side–all this Futuristic nonsense.

    Mr. Pim Passes By

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • On the job, the atmosphere was getting a bit too rich and futuristic.

    Stamped Caution

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • How strange, how futuristic we three men of 1935 must have looked to her!

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 Formsfuturistically, 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.

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