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 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 The Governor’s Cup Futurity is the richest race on Champions Night and it is usually won by a runner that goes on to challenge for top honors in the major futurities held at Los Alamitos in November and December. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Congrats to Santa Anita for safe workouts," 12 July 2019 But Mental Error has not repeated his prior trial victories in futurity finals and Up For Speed caught my eye with a fast-closing second to Mental Error after breaking more than one length slow in his trial. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Omaha Beach runs at Santa Anita," 5 Oct. 2019 Eight years of hard work, difficult decisions, incredible compromise and a futurity policy that discounts the political moment in favor of what is best for the future of the United States. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Remembering the Black 14; Where was the outcry?; Give credit where credit is due (10/14/19)," 14 Oct. 2019 Reliance Ranches will be represented by three horses in the 300-yard futurity headed by fastest qualifier SC Money Maker. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s final Preakness rankings," 18 May 2018 During Baffert's time as a quarter-horse trainer, a horse generally would have to qualify for a futurity or derby one week earlier. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s final Preakness rankings," 18 May 2018 The colt won a pair of futurities last year and has earned $580,750. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby list is front and center," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 27 Nov. 2020.

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formal : the quality of being or happening in the future

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