Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put a date on (a check, for example) that is later than the actual date.
  • transitive v. To occur later than; follow in time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To occur after an event or time; to exist later on in time
  • v. To assign an effective date to a document or action later than the actual date

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made or done after the date assigned.
  • n. A date put to a bill of exchange or other paper, later than that when it was actually made.
  • transitive v. To date after the real time.
  • transitive v. To affix a date to after the event.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affix a later date to than the real one: as, to postdate a contract (that is, to date it as if, for instance, it were made six months later than the actual date).
  • To date afterward; give a previous date to.
  • n. A date put on a document later than the actual date on which it was written.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be later in time
  • v. establish something as being later relative to something else

Etymologies

post- +‎ date (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All written texts in Náhuatl naturally postdate the Spanish Conquest after which the Franciscans taught the Indians the art of writing their own language in alphabetical form.

    Reinventing the Aztecs, part one

  • If we return to the Limbo and Nkukutu sites introduced earlier to examine the strata that postdate the EIA-Urewe/Lelesu/pre-Kwale eras there is a pattern similar to that found at Kivinja.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • Following these trends, which postdate the interest in female identity, a growing number of artists began to explore their identities as Jews.

    Art in the United States.

  • The stories about Jesus' birth likewise postdate Mark, and thus Paul.

    What Do You Say That I Did?

  • However, all of these texts postdate the rise of later Pyrrhonism itself, and none of them contains anything like the level of detail of the Aristocles passage; there is no particular reason to suppose that any of them represents a genuine understanding of Pyrrho as distinct from the later Pyrrhonists.

    Picnic

  • But since these comments postdate the rise of the later Pyrrhonist movement, there is often room for suspicion as to whether they reflect genuine information about Pyrrho himself, as opposed to the later philosophy that took his name.

    Picnic

  • Otherwise however there is an alluring semantic and phonetic link between the two that would postdate the etymology that many Nostraticists provide.

    Semitic and IE in the Neolithic: How intensive was the language contact?

  • In this respect they are like the individual souls, which, since they pre-exist and postdate the particulars they inhabit, are not and cannot be individuated by them.

    Plato's Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • His caption: "The $2,300 check is a nice gesture, but why did you postdate it for November 5th?"

    CNN Transcript Jun 27, 2008

  • Charles Crowdhammer (ph) also a Pulitzer Prize winner at "The Washington Post" says he is a serial (ph), a postdate (ph) and Thomas Sole (ph) doesn't think he's fit for the presidency and he's a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2008

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