[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. posterior tibial vein,
  2. posterior vein of left ventricle,
  3. posterior vein of septum pellucidum,
  4. posteriority,
  5. posteriorly,
  6. posterization,
  7. postern,
  8. postero-,
  9. posteroanterior,
  10. posteroexternal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for posterity


/ (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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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.

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