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Definition of Posterity

Posterity

  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.
  2. Succeeding generations; future times.

Posterity Quotations

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
John Adams

I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
Robert E. Lee

Who could look on these monuments without reflecting on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?
Marguerite Gardiner

What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Posterity Translations

posterity in Dutch is nageslacht
posterity in German is Nachwelt
posterity in Latin is proles, posteri
posterity in Spanish is posteridad
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