[ pohst-oh-bit, -ob-it ]
/ poʊstˈoʊ bɪt, -ˈɒb ɪt /


effective after a particular person's death.

Origin of post-obit

First recorded in 1745–55, post-obit is from the Latin word post obitum after death Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for post-obit

  • And I must try and swallow that bitter pill of the post-obit.

    My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I wonder how long an interval there was between the two; it would be a pretty calculation for a post-obit.

    The Perpetual Curate|Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • Rule I—Teaches to work an expected legacy or an estate in reversion, or a right of entail, with a "post-obit bond," cent.

  • That's what they call giving a post-obit; and a bad thing it is, as Pierce found.

British Dictionary definitions for post-obit

/ (pəʊstˈəʊbɪt, -ˈɒbɪt) mainly law /


Also called: post-obit bond a bond given by a borrower, payable after the death of a specified person, esp one given to a moneylender by an expectant heir promising to repay when his interest falls into possession


taking effect after death

Word Origin for post-obit

C18: from Latin post obitum after death
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