posterity

noun

pos·​ter·​i·​ty pä-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce posterity (audio)
1
: the offspring of one progenitor to the furthest generation
2
: all future generations

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This also led to the collection of Nicholas Brothers home movies being digitized for posterity. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 Oct. 2022 No matter what happens the rest of the way at the University of Utah, Thursday night needs to be preserved for posterity. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022 Seed banks or vaults are institutions, generally managed by universities, governments or nonprofits, where seeds are preserved for posterity. Lisa Marun, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2022 These projects for posterity continued to grow in popularity and ambition, but their hauntological qualities remained much the same. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2022 Unlike his contemporaries, Adams did not preen for posterity. Stacy Schiff, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 Whately, skillfully captured the biographic details for posterity. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 15 Sep. 2022 Robert McCurdy likes to present his subjects without any facial expression and standing against a white background, which is how America’s 44th and first Black president will be seen here for posterity, in a black suit and gray tie. Darlene Superville, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Robert McCurdy likes to present his subjects without any facial expression and standing against a white background, which is how America's 44th and first Black president will be seen here for posterity, in a black suit and gray tie. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of posterity was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Posterity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posterity. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

posterity

noun

pos·​ter·​i·​ty pä-ˈster-ət-ē How to pronounce posterity (audio)
1
: the line of individuals descended from one ancestor
2
: all future generations

Legal Definition

posterity

noun

pos·​ter·​i·​ty pä-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce posterity (audio)
1
: all of the lineal descendants of a person
2
: all future generations

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