futurology

noun

fu·​tur·​olo·​gy ˌfyü-chə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce futurology (audio)
: a study that deals with future possibilities based on current trends
futurological adjective
futurologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is this kind of aspirational futurology that has earned Tesla a cultish following and outsize stock-market valuation. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 4 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of futurology was in 1946

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“Futurology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurology. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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