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From Biology-Online Dictionary
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.