Posterity meaning

pŏ-stĕr'ĭ-tē
Future generations.
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Posterity is the future generations of a family.

An example of posterity is grandchildren.

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All of a person's descendants.
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All succeeding generations.
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All of a person's descendants.
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All the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.
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Origin of posterity

  • Middle English posterite from Old French from Latin posteritās from posterus coming after posterior
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Late 14th century, from Middle French posterité, from Latin posteritas, from posterus (“following, coming after"), from post (“after") (English post-).
    From Wiktionary
  • Displaced Old English words such as æftercneoreso, frumcynn.
    From Wiktionary