posterity late 14c., from O.Fr. posterité, from L. posteritatem (nom. posteritas) "the condition of coming after," from posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see POST- (Cf. post-)). O.E. words for this included æftercneoreso, framcynn.

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  • Posterity — Pos*ter i*ty, n. [L. posteritas: cf. F. post[ e]rit[ e]. See {Posterior}.] 1. 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • posterity — pos·ter·i·ty /pä ster ə tē/ n 1: all of the lineal descendants of a person 2: all future generations Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • posterity — *offspring, young, progeny, issue, descendant Antonyms: ancestry Contrasted words: lineage, pedigree (see ANCESTRY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • posterity — [n] future generations breed, brood, children, descendants, family, heirs, issue, lineage, next generation, offspring, progeniture, progeny, scions, seed, stock, succeeding generations, successors, unborn; concept 296 Ant. past …   New thesaurus

  • posterity — ► NOUN ▪ all future generations of people. ORIGIN Old French posterite, from Latin posterus following …   English terms dictionary

  • posterity — [päs ter′ə tē] n. [ME posterite < MFr postérité < L posteritas < posterus: see POSTERIOR] 1. all of a person s descendants: opposed to ANCESTRY 2. all succeeding generations …   English World dictionary

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  • posterity — [[t]pɒste̱rɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft for N You can refer to everyone who will be alive in the future as posterity. [FORMAL] A photographer recorded the scene on video for posterity... Was he making these notes for the benefit of posterity? …   English dictionary

  • posterity — /po ster i tee/, n. 1. succeeding or future generations collectively: Judgment of this age must be left to posterity. 2. all descendants of one person: His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity. [1350 1400; ME posterite < L posteritas …   Universalium

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