fu·​tur·​is·​tic | \ ˌfyü-chə-ˈri-stik How to pronounce futuristic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce futuristically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of futuristic in a Sentence

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

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The instrumentals mix Ali’s influences into something positively futuristic. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Mining Baltimore's past and present, Abdu Ali releases album of "Fiyah!!!"," 13 June 2019 The center of Shanghai is a patchwork of futuristic skyscrapers, stately colonial neighborhoods, and traditional Chinese architecture. National Geographic, "China High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 It was built as an afterthought in 1973, a last-minute fix after officials realized there was a literal moat between the futuristic new BART station and the Oakland Coliseum complex. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "A tribute to the Coliseum BART pedestrian walkway, accidental East Bay treasure," 12 June 2019 The opera is a three-hour-plus paean to the power of the human spirit and a futuristic deep dive into the ways opera as an art form can be meticulously deconstructed and reconstructed to resemble a radical new medium. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Who brought a 36-foot orb into Disney Hall for ‘Atlas’? Yup, that guy again," 10 June 2019 This party made Gilead look less futuristic hellscape and more Bachelorette rose ceremony: Guests entered the party through an entryway lined with curtains. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Reportedly Hosted a Handmaid's Tale-Themed Birthday Party for a Friend," 9 June 2019 The futuristic re-imagining of the Striking Vipers game is the episode’s biggest technical achievement, a Scott Pilgrim–esque blend of cartoonish physics and reality. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 The backdrop does look like the busy, layered metropolis of a futuristic film. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: The Blade Runner Terrace at the Times Square Edition," 5 June 2019 For those unaware of how this futuristic scenario came to fruition, Lyft and Aptiv first revealed their partnership and plans at the CES technology show in Vegas in January 2018. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Lyft Completes 50,000th Self-Driving Ride in Las Vegas," 3 June 2019

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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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