Definition of posterity
1 : the offspring of one progenitor to the furthest generation
2 : all future generations
Examples of posterity in a Sentence
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
Posterity looks for hooks to hang old reputations on … —John Updike, New York Review of Books, 15 July 2004
The restructuring of the New York Yankees began five days after that broken-bat bloop by Luis Gonzalez parachuted to posterity behind second base, clinching the World Series for the Arizona Diamondbacks and breaking the Yankees' run of three titles. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 24-31 Dec. 2001
It was puzzling to own trees—they were not owned the way a business is owned or even a house is owned. If anything, they were held in trust. In trust. Yes, for all of posterity, beginning with Merry and her kids. —Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997
Posterity will remember her as a woman of courage and integrity.
A record of the events was preserved for posterity.
The truth about what happened will be known to posterity.
Recent Examples of posterity from the Web
The process of securing a sign for posterity — or until the next renaming — is far more cumbersome than obtaining a temporary one through mayoral edict.
The doctrine's authority flows from the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments, and the vesting, posterity and nobility clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
A Democratic congressman wants to make sure President Trump’s tweets are preserved for posterity.
Once the third phase of the Wrigley Field renovation project began last November, the Cubs power-blasted the walls to remove all the messages, after first photographing it for posterity's sake.
But many of his quiet, behind-the-scenes moments were captured for posterity, too.
A podium for TV cameras was empty; a couple of staffers, with iPhones trained on Facebook Live, were recording the remarks for posterity.
As a skilled Washington official, Comey obviously knew to leave a paper trail behind him, both to justify his actions and secure his place for posterity.
But not all of the country’s many Confederate monuments ought to be preserved for the sake of posterity.
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Origin and Etymology of posterity
Middle English posterite, from Anglo-French pusterité, from Latin posteritat-, posteritas, from posterus coming after
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
POSTERITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of posterity for English Language Learners
: people in the future
POSTERITY Defined for Kids
Definition of posterity for Students
: all future generations She'll be remembered by posterity.
Legal Definition of posterity
1 : all of the lineal descendants of a person
2 : all future generations
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