- 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 posterity
Obtaining this understanding and posterity is easy, according to the website.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
As he once told Brassai, the Gagosian exhibition catalog states, “I want to leave as complete a record as possible for posterity.”Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
Her face was cast into a plaster mold, preserving her shy smile for posterity.Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors
July 10, 2014
And our victory in that war decided not just a century, but shaped the security and well-being of all posterity.
If not for posterity, if not for the defense of the United States Constitution, then do it for Mickey.Our Dumb Puritan Laws: Sex Bans and Illegal Adultery
April 20, 2014
Here the posterity of your Mynherr Knickerbocker do likewise.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A great debt has been contracted in securing to us and our posterity the Union.
He is the representative of Posterity,—the man of an age to come.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
He enjoys not a little--it has been often said--of the position of posterity.De Libris: Prose and Verse
His own public had unjustly neglected him, posterity consigned his operas to oblivion.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- future or succeeding generations
- all of one's descendants
Word Origin and History for posterity
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.