posterity

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

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Synonyms for posterity

Synonyms

fruit, get, issue, offspring, progeny, seed, spawn

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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.
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Drake is, obviously, pushing a song (and his OVO brand) all while committing these selfless acts, filming them for posterity and using them as the backdrop to inspire more commercial success. Tom Philip, GQ, "Drake Gets Big into the Redistribution of Wealth in the “God’s Plan” Music Video," 16 Feb. 2018 Standing on the sidewalk across from the billboard, Tom Valentino of Painesville, Ohio, snapped some final photographs for posterity. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses L.A., Lakers," 2 July 2018 The Warriors will replay those 15-foot turnarounds over Hill for posterity. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 2018 Yet the astonishing historical confluence of one of the last African slaves in America and one of the great American writers was somehow shrugged off by posterity. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 But his account does pry open the closed doors of the most unconventional White House in decades, and along with other insider accounts is certain to play a role in how this unusual President is remembered by posterity. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Comey's psychoanalysis: Trump's always trying to fill an emotional hole," 26 Apr. 2018 In stoppage time, with the trophy already won, Marco Asensio gave Real a fourth, some padding for posterity. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Zinedine Zidane Steps Down as Real Madrid Manager," 31 May 2018 On May 17, 2018, in a gift to posterity, the organizer, publisher and political strategist donated 16 cubic feet of personal papers and artifacts. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts," 25 May 2018 But the eight clergy came off looking bad for posterity, their names attached to the top of King's elegant document when it was reprinted in history and literary textbooks. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "MLK wrote his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' 55 years ago," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of posterity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posterity

Middle English posterite, from Anglo-French pusterité, from Latin posteritat-, posteritas, from posterus coming after

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posterity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of posterity

: people in the future

posterity

noun
pos·​ter·​i·​ty | \pä-ˈster-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of posterity

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

posterity

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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