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Definitions for posterity
pɒˈstɛr ɪ tipos·ter·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descendants, posteritynoun

    all of the offspring of a given progenitor

    "we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity"

  2. posteritynoun

    all future generations


  1. posteritynoun

    All the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Posteritynoun

    Succeeding generations; descendants: opposed to ancestors.

    Etymology: posterité, Fr. posteritas, Lat.

    It was said,
    It should not stand in thy posterity;
    But that myself should be the father
    Of many kings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Since arms avail not now that Henry’s dead!
    Posterity await for wretched years. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Posterity inform’d by thee might know. John Milton.

    Their names shall be transmitted to posterity, and spoken of through all future ages. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    To th’ unhappy, that unjustly bleed,
    Heav’n gives posterity t’ avenge the deed. Alexander Pope.


  1. posterity

    Posterity refers to all future generations of people, essentially everyone who is yet to be born or will exist in the future. It can also connote the descendants of a person or family.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Posteritynoun

    the race that proceeds from a progenitor; offspring to the furthest generation; the aggregate number of persons who are descended from an ancestor of a generation; descendants; -- contrasted with ancestry; as, the posterity of Abraham

  2. Posteritynoun

    succeeding generations; future times

  3. Etymology: [L. posteritas: cf. F. postrit. See Posterior.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Posterity

    It means all future generations ahead. All the unborn generations collectively. All the people who will exist in the future.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 25, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of posterity in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of posterity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of posterity in a Sentence

  1. Vicente Lim:

    To me, the satisfaction of the service, well done, is more than anything that any amount of money can give. This you might call is the satisfaction you get for your services towards your own people and country ... But most important of all is to leave a name that my posterity may be proud of.

  2. Jorge Luis Borges:

    The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.

  3. George Mason:

    All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining of happiness and safety.

  4. Ricther:

    The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.

  5. Benjamin Disraeli:

    The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

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