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I am looking for an adjective that means privileging the now or to believe the present is more important or better than any other time. Analogous to anthropocentric.

I believe now-centric is clear enough but I'd rather not ignore a more commonly used and recognized word.

Can you use it in a sentence?

"In her study of history she remained very now-centric; nothing mattered except for how it related to the present."

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  • Presentist, maybe?
    – bof
    Dec 15, 2017 at 3:54
  • @bof I think that fits pretty well. I'd vote you if you made it a solid answer
    – Unrelated
    Dec 15, 2017 at 6:13
  • Present-minded is somewhat common and it is in OED also. Present-centric comes to mind also but it is very uncommon.
    – ermanen
    Dec 17, 2017 at 2:34
  • I would have preferred if you'd written 'Present-minded is in the center of the OED; present-centric comes to mind also' @ermanen
    – Unrelated
    Dec 18, 2017 at 19:15
  • @ermanen Haha just enjoyed the 'present-centric comes to mind and was trying to make it even more chiastic
    – Unrelated
    Dec 19, 2017 at 17:13

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The Journal of Youth Studies uses the word 'present-focused' but I cannot find it in any online dictionary.

Future-oriented or present-focused? The role of social support and identity styles

Journal of Youth Studies

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The closest that I can find is present-centric. I did a Google search, and there are a few hits (including in a couple of books). There are also hits for now-centric. But you gave anthropocentric as an example, and the books that contain present-centric include those related to the humanities.

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