1. 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; as, the posterity of Abraham. "If [the crown] should not stand in thy posterity." (Shak)

2. Succeeding generations; future times. "Their names shall be transmitted to posterity." (Shak) "Their names shall be transmitted to posterity." (Smalridge)

Origin: L. Posteritas: cf. F. Posterite. See Posterior.

(01 Mar 1998)