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Descendants

A Descendant or descendent primarily refers to:

descendants n : all of the offspring of a given progenitor; "we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity" [syn: {posterity}]

descendants \descendants\ n. all of the offspring of a given progenitor. Syn: posterity. [WordNet 1.5]

Posterity

A Descendant or descendent primarily refers to:

posterity n 1: all of the offspring of a given progenitor; "we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity" [syn: {descendants}] 2: all future generations

Posterity \Pos*ter"i*ty\, n. [L. posteritas: cf. F. post['e]rit['e]. See {Posterior}.] 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. [1913 Webster] If [the crown] should not stand in thy posterity. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Succeeding generations; future times. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Their names shall be transmitted to posterity. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Their names shall be transmitted to posterity. --Smalridge. [1913 Webster]

POSTERITY, n. An appellate court which reverses the judgment of a popular author's contemporaries, the appellant being his obscure competitor.

Data Sources:

  • descendants: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • descendants: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • posterity: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • posterity: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • posterity: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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