posterity

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noun pos·ter·i·ty \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē \

Definition of posterity

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

Examples of posterity in a Sentence

  1. 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 KermodeNew York Review of Books22 June 2006
  2. Posterity looks for hooks to hang old reputations on … —John UpdikeNew York Review of Books15 July 2004
  3. 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 VerducciSports Illustrated24-31 Dec. 2001
  4. 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 RothAmerican Pastoral1997
  5. Posterity will remember her as a woman of courage and integrity.

  6. A record of the events was preserved for posterity.

  7. The truth about what happened will be known to 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

Other Genetics Terms


POSTERITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of posterity for English Language Learners

  • : people in the future


POSTERITY Defined for Kids

posterity

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noun pos·ter·i·ty \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē \

Definition of posterity for Students

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

Law Dictionary

posterity

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noun pos·ter·i·ty \ pä-ˈster-ə-tē \

legal Definition of posterity

1 :all of the lineal descendants of a person
2 :all future generations


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