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

  • n. Future generations: "Everything he writes is consigned to posterity” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
  • n. All of a person's descendants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. All the future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Succeeding generations; future times.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Descendants collectively; the race that proceeds from a progenitor.
  • n. Succeeding generations collectively.
  • n. Posteriority.
  • n. Synonyms Issue, Progeny, etc. See offspring.

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

  • n. all of the offspring of a given progenitor
  • n. all future generations

Etymologies

Middle English posterite, from Old French, from Latin posteritās, from posterus, coming after; see posterior.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 14th century, from Middle French posterité, from Latin posteritas, from posterus ("following, coming after"), from post ("after") (English post-). (Wiktionary)

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