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From future +‎ -ness.

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futureness (countable and uncountable, plural futurenesses)

  1. (philosophy, psychology) The quality of occurring in, being, or being related to the future.
    • 1829, James Mill, Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind, Volume 2[1], page 103:
      To our conclusion, that TIME is the equivalent of Pastness, Presentness, and Futureness, combined, it may be objected, that the word Time is applicable to all the three cases; as we can say, past time, present time, and future time, all with equal propriety.
    • 1990, Daniel Cozort, Unique Tenets of The Middle Way Consequence School: The Systematization of the Philosophy of the Indian Buddhist Prāsaṅgika- Mādhyamika School by the Tibetan Ge-luk-ba Scholastic Tradition[2], page 225:
      What is posited as future is just the futureness of a sprout. That is, the sprout that will come is not future since when it exists, it exists at the present time.
    • 2016 September 8, David Deamer, Deleuze's Cinema Books: Three Introductions to the Taxonomy of Images[3], page 49:
      Furthermore, just as with the two passive syntheses, the third constitutive synthesis is a perspective of time giving us the elements of the futureness of the present and the futureness of the past.