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."

  • Presentist, maybe?
    – bof
    Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 17:13

2 Answers 2


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


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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.