fu·tur·is·tic | \ ˌfyü-chə-ˈri-stik \

Definition of futuristic 

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the future, futurism, or futurology also : very modern futuristic furniture/designs

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futuristically \ˌfyü-chə-ˈri-sti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of futuristic in a Sentence

The new offices are very futuristic. The film depicts a futuristic society.

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The tool is based on a series of retro-futuristic exoplanet travel posters NASA released several years ago. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "NASA’s New Exoplanet Travel Bureau Lets You “Tour” Far-Distant Planets In 360 Degrees," 7 June 2018 But what to make of the neo-futuristic architecture popping up across the 131-acre grounds? Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Futuroscope is the wicked-cool theme park you’ve never heard of," 30 May 2018 While many have complained about the oversaturation of the futuristic, pea-size sunglasses and have speculated about their fade from the runways, the shades don’t seem to be going anywhere. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Makes Her Instagram Debut—In Tiny On-Trend Sunglasses, No Less," 29 May 2018 The retro-futuristic event (inspired by aesthetic designs and technology from the 19th century) featured artisans, musicians, and costumed characters, and attracted steampunk fans - as well as several members of photography clubs. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Steampunk Station Takes Over Shops At Somerset Square," 21 May 2018 Its mixture of materials (suede, carbon fiber, neoprene) feels super futuristic, but not in an unwearable way. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Alexander Wang and Adidas Are Back from the Future," 14 May 2018 Thousand year-old books have settled in the most futuristic of homes, gently cooled and shielded from the sun in an underground chamber of Qatar’s National Library. Mohammed Sergie, Bloomberg.com, "World’s Richest Country Showcases Ancient Books in New Library," 24 Apr. 2018 But despite its futuristic setting, the show’s treatment of race, gender and class feels downright retrograde. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Altered Carbon Takes Place in the Future. But It’s Far From Progressive," 2 Feb. 2018 Prada’s one-shoulder, nylon version is sleek, chic and ever-so slightly futuristic. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of futuristic

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of futuristic was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of futuristic

: very modern

: relating to or telling about events in the future

: existing in the future

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