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[po-ster-i-tee] /pɒˈstɛr ɪ ti/
succeeding or future generations collectively:
Judgment of this age must be left to posterity.
all descendants of one person:
His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity.
Origin of posterity
1350-1400; Middle English posterite < Latin posteritās, noun derivative of posterus coming after. See posterior, -ity Unabridged
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  • Shakespeare's ghost has seen two or three posterities, beautifully at odds.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • The answer to this question is, that these different expressions of Moses were so ordered on account of the posterities.

  • Ricardo of the Coxcombe would have some woman 'grave in paper' their 'matchless virtues to posterities.'

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist

    Charles Mills Gayley
British Dictionary definitions for posterities


future or succeeding generations
all of one's descendants
Word Origin
C14: from French postérité, from Latin posteritās future generations, from posterus coming after, from post after
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Word Origin and History for posterities



late 14c., from Old French posterité (14c.), from Latin posteritatem (nominative posteritas) "future, future time; after-generation, offspring;" literally "the condition of coming after," from posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-). Old English words for this included æftercneoreso, framcynn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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