- 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
Examples from the Web for posterities
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.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I
Ricardo of the Coxcombe would have some woman 'grave in paper' their 'matchless virtues to posterities.'Francis Beaumont: Dramatist
Charles Mills Gayley
- future or succeeding generations
- all of one's descendants
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.