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futurity

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noun fu·tu·ri·ty \fyü-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-\

Simple Definition of futurity

  • : the quality of being or happening in the future

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of futurity

plural

futurities

  1. 1 :  time to come :  future

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being future

  3. 3 plural :  future events or prospects

  4. 4 a :  a horse race usually for two-year-olds in which the competitors are nominated at birth or before b :  a race or competition for which entries are made well in advance of the event

Examples of futurity in a sentence

  1. In English we can express futurity with will and shall.

  2. <we can scarcely imagine what observers in some remote futurity will think of civilization as it existed at the dawn of the 21st century>



Did You Know?

Futurity is a forward-looking word with a literate past. Its first known use is in Shakespeare's Othello, when the downtrodden Cassio, mystified about why Othello has turned against him, beseeches Desdemona to tell him whether his "offense be of such mortal kind / That nor my service past, nor present sorrows, / Nor purpos'd merit in futurity / Can ransom me into his love again." The term was also used by Benjamin Franklin ("I must one of these days go back to see him . . . but futurities are uncertain"), and Sir Walter Scott wrote of events "still in the womb of futurity" (that is, events that hadn't happened yet). Today, "futurity" often refers to a race, usually for two-year-old horses, in which the competitors are entered at birth or before, or to a race or competition for which entries are made well in advance of the event.

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First Known Use of futurity

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Rhymes with futurity


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