fu·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ fyü-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce futurity (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r- How to pronounce futurity (audio) \
plural futurities

Definition of futurity

1 : time to come : future
2 : the quality or state of being future
3 futurities plural : future events or prospects
4a : a horse race usually for two-year-olds in which the competitors are nominated at birth or before
b : a race or competition for which entries are made well in advance of the event

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Futurity is a forward-looking word with a literate past. Its first known use is in Shakespeare's Othello, when the downtrodden Cassio, mystified about why Othello has turned against him, beseeches Desdemona to tell him whether his "offense be of such mortal kind / That nor my service past, nor present sorrows, / Nor purpos'd merit in futurity / Can ransom me into his love again." The term was also used by Benjamin Franklin ("I must one of these days go back to see him . . . but futurities are uncertain"), and Sir Walter Scott wrote of events "still in the womb of futurity" (that is, events that hadn't happened yet). Today, "futurity" often refers to a race, usually for two-year-old horses, in which the competitors are entered at birth or before, or to a race or competition for which entries are made well in advance of the event.

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In English we can express futurity with “will” and “shall.” we can scarcely imagine what observers in some remote futurity will think of civilization as it existed at the dawn of the 21st century
Recent Examples on the Web Her victory was the largest margin by a Two Million winner in his or her next start after winning the rich futurity. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s Kentucky Derby new rankings," 26 Mar. 2021 The 10 fastest qualifiers will move on to compete in the first futurity final of the year. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings," 23 Apr. 2021 The trials to the track’s first futurity, the Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten, will take place on Sunday, April 25. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings," 9 Apr. 2021 Her margin of victory was the largest ever by a Million winner in his or her next start following the rich futurity. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: New leader in Kentucky Derby rankings," 12 Mar. 2021 Home to Hollywood and situated at the edge of the country right up against the glistening Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles represents the promise of futurity: fortune and fame, health and beauty, sunshine and open space. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The True and Tragic Stories Beyond Hotel Cecil's Violent Fall From Grace," 10 Feb. 2021 The Best Feeling was tremendous in his two starts at Grants Pass, winning his futurity trial there by two lengths before winning the 350-yard final by ¾ lengths. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita ready for signature season," 26 Dec. 2020 Ali Babe Foose, a three time major futurities finalist last year, enters the Big Lew after a fifth in the Grade 3 El Primero Del Año Derby in late March, while Dexxter was fourth in the El Primero final. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Congrats to Santa Anita for safe workouts," 12 July 2019 In last start, he was only beaten a head by earlier maiden runnerup Suddenly Sailing and was second three races back vs. repeat futurity trial winner Up And Coming. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Here are the bets you want at Santa Anita," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of futurity

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Futurity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurity. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of futurity

formal : the quality of being or happening in the future

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