fu·​tur·​ist | \ ˈfyü-chə-rist \

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

Examples of futurist in a Sentence

economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy

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Transhumanism can be traced back to futurists in the ’60s, most notably FM-2030. Joi Ito, WIRED, "The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism," 4 June 2018 Not all of its futurist visions will come to pass, but investors seem confident that enough of those visions will become reality to make their investments worthwhile. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Amazon achieved a market value of $1,000,000,000,000," 5 Sep. 2018 Mikel, also a historian and a futurist, says White’s work has helped inform organizational efforts to leave even less of a trace on the playa than Burning Man has in the past — ironically making her archaeology more challenging. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 According to the futurist doctor, Ian Pearson, humans maybe attending their own funerals by the year 2050 by merging their minds with machines just before death. Fox News, "Greg Gutfeld: As Trump disproves naysayers, they cling to tapes," 28 July 2018 Space junk was the topic of my middle school futurists' society challenge. Amy Webb, WIRED, "Space Oddities: We Need a Plan to Stop Polluting Space Before It’s Too Late," 12 Apr. 2018 Rather, futurists use science and data to figure out what the world might look like in 20, 50 or 100 years. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to See the Future," 15 Aug. 2016 And the third thing is, every day, in every moment, be a futurist. S. D. Chrismon, The Root, "‘It Gets Better’: The Lie We Tell LGBTQ Youths," 15 June 2018 On the night of his murder, Dumas, who in photos was a lean, goateed man, had just left a rehearsal with jazz futurist Sun Ra and his Space Arkestra, and was headed downtown, perhaps to hear more way-out musical sounds at the Vanguard or Slugs. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Series Exhumes Out-of-Print Books by Black Authors," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of futurist

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

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