from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being posterior in location or time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being later or subsequent: opposed to priority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being later or subsequent; ; -- opposed to priority.

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  • noun The condition of being posterior (in any sense)

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

  • noun the quality of being toward the back or toward the rear end
  • noun following in time


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  • You may be interested to read Jim West's review of "the myth of the lost gospel" which argues for Matthean posteriority.

    Did Matthew Know Luke? A Neglected Angle on the Synoptic Problem

  • H.A. Wolfson has presented evidence for A.istotle's recognition of a type of term intermediate between equivocal and univocal terms, some instances of which were characterized by their use according to priority and posteriority.

    Medieval Theories of Analogy

  • I understand that he argues for some form of Matthean posteriority, but I'll have to wait for the book to get the details.

    Did Matthew Know Luke? A Neglected Angle on the Synoptic Problem

  • Whether we succeed or not can only be left to posteriority.

    Art or exhibitionism? « Jahsonic

  • Whether we succeed or not can only be left to posteriority.

    03 « March « 2008 « Jahsonic

  • I like to think that I dedicate myself to the fluff that is worth saving for posteriority, but of course this is just a personal opinion.

    Party music from Belgium « Jahsonic

  • Let's not forget that Spanish has inherited the following from Classical latin: "The rules tha regulates the verb in the regent clause and in the subordinate one in order to express anteriority, posteriority and contemporaneity; usually the subordinate clause go to subjunctive mood, and there are still present the infinitive clauses in spanish also the accusative dative." ITALIAN DIALECTS.

  • Instead, the matter is prior to the composite since it has the property priority with respect to the composite, whereas the composite is posterior to its matter since it has the property posteriority with respect to its matter.

    Peter Abelard

  • Now despite being essentially the same, the matter is not characterized by posteriority, unlike the composite, and the composite is not characterized by priority, unlike the matter.

    Peter Abelard

  • For some things are produced out of each other by combination, others by separation, and this makes the greatest difference to their priority and posteriority.



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  • I thought I was making this one up. As in "leaving it to posteriority". Defining it tongue in cheek as 'all past generations'. But it really is a word. Rats. Beaten to it again.

    January 30, 2008