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posterity

[po-ster-i-tee] /pɒˈstɛr ɪ ti/
noun
1.
succeeding or future generations collectively:
Judgment of this age must be left to posterity.
2.
all descendants of one person:
His fortune was gradually dissipated by his posterity.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English posterite < Latin posteritās, noun derivative of posterus coming after. See posterior, -ity
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  • He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom.
  • All presidential communication must be stored for posterity.
  • The flattering moniker perhaps suited the ecstasy and pomp of the occasion, but posterity will be the judge.
  • He read poems composed in his honour, he read histories of his achievements, and was himself witness of his fame among posterity.
  • The only real question is whether or not our behaviors are leading towards creating an unlivable environment for our posterity.
  • Our Founders saw themselves in the light of posterity.
  • He says he wants to preserve for posterity the increasingly rare sound of a sunrise without us, without any man-made noises.
  • The earth and the fulness of it belongs to every generation, and the preceding one can have no right to bind it up from posterity.
  • And unlike many live talks held by traditional student clubs, the events are archived online for posterity.
  • But he is hardly ready to be relegated to posterity.
British Dictionary definitions for posterity

posterity

/pɒˈstɛrɪtɪ/
noun
1.
future or succeeding generations
2.
all of one's descendants
Word Origin
C14: from French postérité, from Latin posteritās future generations, from posterus coming after, from post after
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Word Origin and History for posterity
n.

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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