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posthumous

posthumous

adjective post·hu·mous \ˈpäs-chə-məs also -tə-, -tyə-, -thə-; päst-ˈhyü-məs, ˈpōst-, -ˈyü-\

: happening, done, or published after someone's death

Full Definition of POSTHUMOUS

1
:  born after the death of the father
2
:  published after the death of the author
3
:  following or occurring after death <posthumous fame>
post·hu·mous·ly adverb
post·hu·mous·ness noun

Examples of POSTHUMOUS

  1. She received a posthumous award for her life of philanthropy.
  2. <the soldier was awarded a posthumous medal for valor>

Origin of POSTHUMOUS

Latin posthumus, alteration of postumus late-born, posthumous, from superl. of posterus coming after — more at posterior
First Known Use: 1619

Related to POSTHUMOUS

posthumous

adjective post·hu·mous \ˈpäs-chə-məs also -t(y)ə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POSTHUMOUS

1
:  born after the death of the father
2
:  following or occurring after death
post·hu·mous·ly adverb

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