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Meaning of POSTERITY

Pronunciation:  pâ'steritee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  all future generations
  2. [n]  all of the offspring of a given progenitor; "we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity"

POSTERITY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: descendants
 See Also: biological group, generation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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;
   descendants; -- contrasted with ancestry; as, the
   posterity of Abraham.

         If [the crown] should not stand in thy posterity.

2. Succeeding generations; future times. --Shak.

         Their names shall be transmitted to posterity.

         Their names shall be transmitted to posterity.

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