(Latin > French: to be, about to be; future)

From Old French futur, from Latin futurus, "about to be". The noun is modeled on Latin futura, neuter plural of futurus.

Clavis ad futura. (Latin motto)
Translation: "Key to the future."

Motto of Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

futurable (adjective), more futurable, most futurable
Capable of being in a time that is still coming; possibly or likely to occur: After graduating from her university and getting a wonderful futurable job offer, Marge and her parents were very happy.

futurama (s) (noun), futuramas (pl)
A display or an exhibition which attempts to indicate certain aspects or elements of life that is still to come: The futurama presented by Logan included an overall view of what is expected and what it will be like forward in time.
future (s) (noun), futures (pl)
1. Time that has yet to come: William is saving money for his education in the future.
2. Events that have not yet happened: The future is being shaped by the advancing technology of the world.
3. An expected or projected state or situation: Because of Bill's accidental fall and resulting injuries to his head, his future is uncertain.
4. A prospective or expected condition; especially, one considered with regard to growth, advancement, or development: Jancy and Jerry started a business that really has no success in the future because of the economic situations that exist at the present time.
5. The tense or form of a verb used to refer to events that are going to happen or have not yet happened: Verbs that are in the tenses regarding the future for the verb "go" normally include the following: "will go", "will have gone" and "will be going". Sometimes "shall go", etc. are also used to indicate tenses in the future.
6. Commodities or stocks that are bought or sold with an agreement as to when it is to be delivered later: Trent invested in some futures that will be sold at a set price for delivery at a specified future date.
future (adjective), more future, most future
1. A reference to what is coming after the present time: Randal met a fortune teller who claimed that she could reveal his future life for the next few months.

There are people who say we cannot accurately predict future events.

When Dorene purchased her new computer, she was told to keep the instructions about how to operate it for future reference.

2. A descriptive term that indicates what someone or something will come into existence: Van met his future wife while they were at the university.

The TV program promised that there will be more future events later this evening.

Most future promises of financial gains that are made by advisors are not fulfilled.

future history (s) (noun), future histories (pl)
1. An expected course of events; especially, as it is presently considered: The future history that was predicted at an earlier period of time may be viewed by coming generations.
2. The present, as it may be regarded by posterity or those who come later: The expectations of future histories are based on the present and/or past times.
3. A narrative of imagined events occurring in science fiction: Many future histories often appear in fictional, self-contained, or chronological frameworks.
future perfect (s) (noun) (no plural)
A grammatical verb tense which is used to refer to actions that will be completed by a specified time later: In English, future tenses are formed with "will have" and "shall have".

An example of future perfect can be expressed as shown in the following: Ann and Loren will have gone by the time Richard and Mildred will have arrived.

futureless (adjective), more futureless, most futureless
Having no prospect or hope that improvements or successes will take place after the current time: Fred found out that it was a futureless possibility that he would be able to get a well-paying job anytime soon.
futurely (adverb), more futurely, most futurely
Referring to a time that is approaching: The futurely good times or bad times are unpredictable.
futurism (s) (noun), futurisms (pl)
1. A belief that the meaning of life and a person's personal fulfillments will exist in a time that has not arrived: People's futurisms are believed to be times that depend on the past and so are closely related to optimism that personal and social fulfillments will come later.
3. A style of art, literature, music, etc., and a theory of art and life in which violence, power, speed, mechanization or machines, and dislike of the past or to traditional forms of expression were advocated or portrayed: The expressions of futurism indicated that energy and values would be changed by the machine age.
futurist (s) (noun), futurists (pl)
Someone who tries to tell what will happen later in life: A futurist is a person who maintains that the meaning of existence should be determined later in people's lives.

A theologian is a futurist who believes that the prophecies in the Apocalypse will be fulfilled in a coming time.

futuristic (adjective), more futuristic, most futuristic
Suggesting modern designs or technologies: Boyd's office is very futuristic with advanced furniture and technical equipment.

The book that Max if reading presents futuristic societies and how they survive.

Julianna seemed to be ahead of her times by studying and utilizing futuristic technologies to achieve her business objectives.

futuristically (adverb), more futuristically, most futuristically
A method that is related to design, technology, etc.: Domingo is developing futuristically ultramodern methods for computers that will function in ways that do not exist now.
futurition (s) (noun), futuritions (pl)
An existence or situation that is coming or about to be realized: The futuritions of the new program for the web site is about to take place.
futurity (noun), futurities (pl)
1. The possibility that an event is going to take place: The futurities of the sports events are expected next month.
2. The quality or condition of something happening in a later time: In the English language futurities may be expressed with "will" or "shall" in verbal expressions.
3. The afterlife: Some religions promise eternal life in futurity.
4. A situation or event that will take place the next day or at some later date: Manual's skills in computer programming remain more of a futurity than a current reality.

Last Sunday's preacher, Mr. Greg, urged his congregation to change the way they live today, instead of looking for some undetermined or vague futurity.

Benjamin said that one of these days he should go back to see his friend Royce, but futurities were so uncertain that he didn't know when he would be able to meet him.

Also called "futurity race" which is horse racing that is usually for two-year-olds, in which the entrants are selected long before the race is run, sometimes even before the birth of the foal.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet": augur-; auspic-; fa-, fate; Fates in action; -mancy; omen; -phemia; sorc-, sorcery; vati-.