Definition of posterity in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɒˈstɛrɪti/


[mass noun]
1All future generations of people: the victims' names are recorded for posterity
More example sentences
  • York's year of Millennium celebrations are to be captured on videotape for posterity for present and future generations.
  • His influence as a composer was much greater than posterity has generally recognized.
  • Ok, the good thing about ‘the internet’ is that it allows teenage stunts to be recorded for posterity.
future generations, succeeding generations, those who come after us;
the future
1.1 [in singular] archaic The descendants of a person: God offered Abraham a posterity like the stars of heaven
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  • The goal of Enoch's prayer, and Mahalalel's command, is to preserve the posterity of the righteous.
  • The interests of the posterity shall rule in defining the interests of the general welfare.
  • The law must be designed to defend the people, and their posterity, the general welfare.
descendants, heirs, successors, offspring, children, family, progeny, scions;
Law  issue
archaic seed


Late Middle English: from Old French posterite, from Latin posteritas, from posterus 'following'.

Words that rhyme with posterity

ambidexterity, asperity, austerity, celerity, dexterity, ferrety, prosperity, severity, sincerity, temerity, verity

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