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posthumous

Definition of Posthumous

(adjective) Occurring after an individual’s death.

Examples of Posthumous

Posthumous Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈpɑstʃəməs/
      • /pɑˈst(j)uməs/
    • British English
      • /ˈpɒstʃᵿməs/
      • /ˈpɒstjᵿməs/
  • Syllabification: (post·hu·mous)

Usage Notes

  • Postmortem means “after death” and antemortem means “before death.”
  • A posthumous award is given (adverb) posthumously and has (noun) posthumousness.

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Cite the Definition of Posthumous

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “posthumous.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/posthumous/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

posthumous. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/posthumous/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “posthumous.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/posthumous/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“posthumous.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/posthumous/>.