noun pos·ter·i·ty \pä-ˈster-ə-tē\

: people in the future

Full Definition of POSTERITY

:  the offspring of one progenitor to the furthest generation
:  all future generations

Examples of POSTERITY

  1. Posterity will remember her as a woman of courage and integrity.
  2. A record of the events was preserved for posterity.
  3. The truth about what happened will be known to posterity.
  4. Her broad aim is to reconcile the image of Johnson—the clubbable man, loved by posterity as well as by his contemporaries—and the man racked by disease and tormented by his fear of madness. —Frank Kermode, New York Review of Books, 22 June 2006


Middle English posterite, from Anglo-French pusterité, from Latin posteritat-, posteritas, from posterus coming after
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Genetics Terms

chimera, hermaphrodite, plasticity
POSTERITY Defined for Kids


noun pos·ter·i·ty \pä-ˈster-ə-tē\

Definition of POSTERITY for Kids

:  all future generations <She'll be remembered by posterity.>


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