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Definition of "posterity" []

  • Future generations: "Everything he writes is consigned to posterity” ( Joyce Carol Oates). (noun)
  • All of a person's descendants. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "posterity" in a sentence
  • "After all, what we term posterity is but a drop of water in the ocean of Time."
  • "Further, to think of organizing these papers for the sake of posterity is to think of posterity, which is the same as thinking of dying, which is different from vanity but equally unpleasant."
  • "And the news business, which once took pride in what it put down for posterity, is all atwitter with tweets and insta-posts by self-appointed experts on a bazillion blogs."