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pos·ter·i·ty

 (pŏ-stĕr′ĭ-tē)
n.
1. Future generations: "Everything he writes is consigned to posterity" (Joyce Carol Oates).
2. All of a person's descendants.

[Middle English posterite, from Old French, from Latin posteritās, from posterus, coming after; see posterior.]
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posterity

(pɒˈstɛrɪtɪ)
n
1. future or succeeding generations
2. all of one's descendants
[C14: from French postérité, from Latin posteritās future generations, from posterus coming after, from post after]
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pos•ter•i•ty

(pɒˈstɛr ɪ ti)

n.
1. succeeding or future generations collectively.
2. all descendants of one person.
[1350–1400; Middle English posterite < Latin posteritās, n. derivative of posterus coming after. See posterior, -ity]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posterity - all of the offspring of a given progenitor; "we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity"
biological group - a group of plants or animals
2.posterity - all future generations
generation - group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
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posterity

noun
1. the future, future generations, succeeding generations A photographer recorded the scene for posterity.
2. descendants, children, family, issue, seed (chiefly biblical), heirs, offspring, progeny, scions the imputation of Adam's sin to all his posterity
Quotations
"`We are always doing,' says he, `something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity doing something for us.'" [Joseph Addison]
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posterity

noun
A group consisting of those descended directly from the same parents or ancestors:
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Translations
أجيال قادِمَه
potomstvo
eftertiden
utókor
komandi kynslóîir
būsimosios kartospalikuonys
nākamās paaudzesnākamība
potomstvo
gelecek kuşaklar

posterity

[pɒsˈterɪtɪ] Nposteridad f
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posterity

[pɒˈstɛrɪti] npostérité fposter paint ngouache fpost exchange n (US)magasin m de l'arméepost-feminism [ˌpəʊstˈfɛmɪnɪzəm] npostféminisme mpost-feminist [ˌpəʊstˈfɛmɪnɪst]
adj [people, attitudes] → postféministe
n (= person) → postféministe mfpost-free [ˌpəʊstˈfriː] adj (British)franco (de port)
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posterity

ndie Nachwelt; they videoed it for posteritysie haben es für die Nachwelt auf Video aufgenommen
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posterity

[pɒsˈtɛrɪtɪ] nposterità
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posterity

(poˈsterəti) noun
people coming after; future generations. The treasures must be kept for posterity.
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References in classic literature ?
So the care of posterity is most in them, that have no posterity.
Our founders saw themselves in the light of posterity. We can do no less.
I soon discovered that both of them were perfect strangers to the rest of the company, and had never seen or heard of them before; and I had a whisper from a ghost who shall be nameless, "that these commentators always kept in the most distant quarters from their principals, in the lower world, through a consciousness of shame and guilt, because they had so horribly misrepresented the meaning of those authors to posterity." I introduced Didymus and Eustathius to Homer, and prevailed on him to treat them better than perhaps they deserved, for he soon found they wanted a genius to enter into the spirit of a poet.
in the eyes of posterity -- the splendor of your name."
Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, together with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which mortals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.
Nor have I hesitated to insert from the 'Minor Poems,' now omitted, whole lines, and even passages, to the end that being placed in a fairer light, and the trash shaken from them in which they were imbedded, they may have some chance of being seen by posterity.
Some extend their rewards yet further; the posterity, as they say, of the faithful and just shall survive to the third and fourth generation.
When they heard Napoleon's proclamation offering them, as compensation for mutilation and death, the words of posterity about their having been in the battle before Moscow, they cried "Vive l'Empereur!" just as they had cried "Vive l'Empereur!" at the sight of the portrait of the boy piercing the terrestrial globe with a toy stick, and just as they would have cried "Vive l'Empereur!" at any nonsense that might be told them.
Their short and simple annals could be eked out by confidences which would not appreciably enrich the materials of the literary history of their time, and it seems better to leave them to the imagination of such posterity as they may reach.
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity. They form the connecting links between the selfish and the social passions.
Likewise, by way of preliminary, I desire to remind the reader, that while in the earlier geological strata there are found the fossils of monsters now almost completely extinct; the subsequent relics discovered in what are called the Tertiary formations seem the connecting, or at any rate intercepted links, between the antichronical creatures, and those whose remote posterity are said to have entered the Ark; all the Fossil Whales hitherto discovered belong to the Tertiary period, which is the last preceding the superficial formations.
Plato, writing probably in the next generation, undertakes the defence of his friend and master in this particular, not to the Athenians of his day, but to posterity and the world at large.