Posterity 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. [1913 Webster]

If [the crown] should not stand in thy posterity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Succeeding generations; future times. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Their names shall be transmitted to posterity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Their names shall be transmitted to posterity. --Smalridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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