[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. futureless,
  2. futures,
  3. futures market,
  4. futurism,
  5. futurist,
  6. futurity,
  7. futurity stakes,
  8. futurology,
  9. futz,
  10. futz around

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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British Dictionary definitions for futuristic


/ (ˌfjuːtʃəˈrɪstɪk) /


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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