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futurology

[fyoo-chuh-rol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the study or forecasting of trends or developments in science, technology, political or social structure, etc.
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Origin of futurology

First recorded in 1945–50; future + -o- + -logy
Related formsfu·tur·o·log·i·cal [fyoo-cher-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfyu tʃər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for futurology

futurology

noun
  1. the study or prediction of the future of mankind
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Derived Formsfuturologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for futurology

n.

1946, from future + -ology.

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