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[po-steer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-, poh-]
  1. the state or quality of being posterior.
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Origin of posteriority

1350–1400; Middle English pos-teriorite < Medieval Latin posteriōritās. See posterior, -ity
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Examples from the Web for posteriority

Historical Examples

  • The posteriority of these as we have them need not be too much dwelt upon.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory

    George Saintsbury

  • Von Buch first announced, in 1813, the discovery of its posteriority in date to limestones containing orthocerata and trilobites.

  • How could she contain priority, posteriority, or more or less duration of time?

  • More even than number, extension (which is continuous quantity), shows the characteristics of compositeness, and of posteriority.

  • On the other hand, anteriority and posteriority exist in dimension as well as in numbers.

Word Origin and History for posteriority


late 14c., "state of being behind," from Old French posteriorite (Modern French postériorité), from Medieval Latin posterioritatem (nominative posterioritas), from Latin posterior "later" (see posterior (adj.)).

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