fu·​tur·​is·​tic ˌfyü-chə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce futuristic (audio)
: very modern
futuristic furniture/designs
On Friday, Germany and Costa Rica will meet in a futuristic, translucent-skinned stadium in Munich to kick off the monthlong mosh pit known as the World Cup.Grant Wahl
: relating to, describing, or depicting events in an imagined future
a futuristic novel/story/film
: imagined, described, or depicted as occurring or existing in the future
A space elevator … is a futuristic structure, made famous by science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in his 1979 novel The Fountains of Paradise.Adam Brown
The Space Rangers are a group of futuristic troubleshooters who zoom around the galaxy in a battle-scarred spaceship, …Alan Carter
… the long-awaited sequel to the classic Blade Runner is about to hit cinemas featuring more … frenzied futuristic action.James Moore
futuristically adverb

Examples of futuristic in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of futuristic was in 1857

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“Futuristic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futuristic. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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fu·​tur·​is·​tic ˌfyü-chə-ˈris-tik How to pronounce futuristic (audio)
: being or resembling the style or type predicted for the future
futuristic furniture
futuristically adverb

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