fu·​tur·​olo·​gy | \ ˌfyü-chə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce futurology (audio) \

Definition of futurology

: a study that deals with future possibilities based on current trends

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Other Words from futurology

futurological \ ˌfyü-​chə-​rə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce futurological (audio) \ adjective
futurologist \ ˌfyü-​chə-​ˈrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce futurologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of futurology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1930, the English economist John Maynard Keynes took a break from writing about the problems of the interwar economy and indulged in a bit of futurology. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?," 3 Feb. 2020 Disneyland seems to have lost its passion for futurology, letting what was once an innovative, optimistic, imaginative Tomorrowland slip into a symbol of yesteryear. Rachel Withers, Slate Magazine, "How did Walt Disney’s vision of a futuristic metropolis become a quaint symbol of a bygone era?," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of futurology

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Futurology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurology. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of futurology

: the study of what might happen in the future

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