fu·​tur·​ist | \ ˈfyü-chə-rist How to pronounce futurist (audio) \

Definition of futurist

1 : one who studies and predicts the future especially on the basis of current trends
2 : one who advocates or practices futurism

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futurist adjective

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economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy
Recent Examples on the Web The emotional underpinnings of this economy have been best theorized by Venkatesh Rao, a 46-year-old writer and business consultant, who has become something of a negative futurist, a thinkfluencer’s thinkfluencer. New York Times, "How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted," 19 Jan. 2021 In a career of more than three-quarters of a century, Mr. Cardin remained a futurist. New York Times, "Pierre Cardin, Designer to the Famous and Merchant to the Masses, Dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 Steve Melick, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at La Salle University in Philadelphia, said a futurist can play a key role for long-term customer retention. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford employee gets asked for winning lottery numbers, palm readings," 21 Dec. 2020 Mason quickly set about writing a full-fledged script with Boyes, consulting with a number of scientists and even a futurist for a sense of how the pandemic might unfold in a worst-case scenario. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus thriller ‘Songbird’ was filmed during the COVID pandemic. How, and why, they did it," 10 Dec. 2020 But for all of Blue Origin's plans for futurist space technologies, the company is often seen as an underdog in the commercial space exploration scene, where Elon Musk's SpaceX dominates headlines. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Jeff Bezos' rocket company launches first test of its tourism spaceship in a year," 14 Oct. 2020 The author, futurist and life coach Lance Wallnau is a man of firm beliefs. Grace Ashford, New York Times, "The Swamp That Trump Built," 10 Oct. 2020 Some collected unusual objects from distant places; others managed the affairs of their own cities while writing thousands of pages of essays, fiction and futurist speculation. Washington Post, "Polymaths want to know everything — but ‘everything’ isn’t what it used to be," 2 Oct. 2020 The film chronicles a period in the life of of the Serbian-American inventor and futurist (played by Ethan Hawke), who was known for his contributions to the modern electricity supply system, but with modern flourishes. Ashley Chervinski, refinery29.com, "How Closely Do The Characters In Tesla Resemble The Real People?," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of futurist was circa 1846

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“Futurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurist. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of futurist

: a person who tries to tell what the future will be like

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