[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for posterities

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

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
  • The answer to this question is, that these different expressions of Moses were so ordered on account of the posterities.

  • Shakespeare's ghost has seen two or three posterities, beautifully at odds.

    A Book of Prefaces|H. L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for posterities

/ (pɒˈstɛrɪtɪ) /


future or succeeding generations
all of one's descendants

Word Origin for posterity

C14: from French postérité, from Latin posteritās future generations, from posterus coming after, from post after
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