What does posterity mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word posterity.

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.

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  

Matched Categories

How to pronounce posterity?

How to say posterity in sign language?


  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. Jorge Luis Borges:

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

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

  3. Groucho Marx:

    Why should I do anything for posterity? What has posterity ever done for me?

  4. Benjamin Disraeli:

    We live in an age when to be young and indifferent can no longer be synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

  5. George Ade:

    After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for posterity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for posterity »


Find a translation for the posterity definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"posterity." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 2 Jun 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/posterity>.

Discuss these posterity definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for posterity? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    • A. value
    • B. cycling
    • C. equity
    • D. bias

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for posterity: