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

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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This fall will not only see the release of Wildsam guides to Portland, Hawaii and Atlanta, but, in one giant leap for all futurists, the moon. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, "Move over Google. Travel publishers are teaming up for grittier city intel," 28 Aug. 2019 A decade ago, Second Life was populated mostly by futurists, brands, and, for some reason, embassies; today, the virtual world occupies a more niche space online. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "Second Life Is Plagued by Security Flaws, Ex-Employee Says," 16 Aug. 2019 But futurists say that script may be on the verge of a rewrite. Peter Holley, Anchorage Daily News, "Virtual afterlife: ‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father’," 30 Aug. 2019 But futurists say that script may be on the verge of a rewrite. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.’," 29 Aug. 2019 Other dynamic futurists included Thomas Edison and Bill Gates, and an Indiegogo promotional video compared IdealFuture to Rosa Parks and the Tiananmen Square protesters. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," 13 Aug. 2019 Some futurists have decidedly more fantastical motivations. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Facebook is building tech to read your mind. The ethical implications are staggering.," 5 Aug. 2019 The two-day brainstorming event, hosted by founder Peter Diamandis and opened with a keynote by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, was like a historic secret gathering filled with noted longevity scientists planning on conquering death. Zoltan Istvan, Quartz, "Rich people shouldn’t be the only ones who get to live forever," 29 July 2019 Morgan Delt leads the bill with his gauzy futurist stylings, alongside the cosmic grit of Pearl Charles, creative polymath Vinyl Williams and newcomers The Sunsettes. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music in L.A.: Robyn, Cuco, XXL Freshman and more," 24 July 2019

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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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