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[po-ster-i-tee] /pɒˈstɛr ɪ ti/

succeeding or future generations collectively:
Judgment of this age must be left to posterity.
all descendants of one person:
His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity.
future or succeeding generations
all of one’s descendants

late 14c., from Old French posterité (14c.), from Latin posteritatem (nominative posteritas) “future, future time; after-generation, offspring;” literally “the condition of coming after,” from posterus “coming after, subsequent,” from post “after” (see post-). Old English words for this included æftercneoreso, framcynn.


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