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  1. of or relating to the future: a futuristic view of the world.
  2. ahead of the times; advanced: futuristic technology.
  3. (sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to futurism: the futuristic rejection of traditional forms.
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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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  1. denoting or relating to design, technology, etc, that is thought likely to be current or fashionable at some future time; ultramodern
  2. of or relating to futurism
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Derived Formsfuturistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for futuristically



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

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