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Meaning of posterity

pos•ter•i•ty

Pronunciation: (po-ster'i-tē), [key]
— n.
  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&hasp; his&hasp; posterity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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