Posthumous is the word used to denote that something occurred after someone's death. Is there a word that could be used for after one's career? The best I got is postcurricular, but I think that is more specific towards after one's schooling.

Here is an example of what I am shooting for:

He received the award posthumously.

He received the email post __?

As a side note, I could use post employment, but that is not what I'm looking for.

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    He received the award in retirement. Apr 9 '12 at 21:39
  • @FumbleFingers That is a pretty good one.
    – ahodder
    Apr 9 '12 at 21:43
  • But it doesn't fit OP's request for an analogue to "humously" (which imho makes the question too localised, so I've voted to close). Apr 9 '12 at 21:46
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    @FumbleFingers: how is that too localized? Also, they're just looking to fill a lexical gap. so what if it doesn't fit exactly what they asked for; you've given an analog to posthumously which is good enough.
    – Mitch
    Apr 9 '12 at 21:52
  • @Mitch: Everyone dies, and they certainly can't argue about their status there. But many people never really have a specific date before death, but after which their "career" is definitely over. No single word or expression can really be suitable for all contexts. Apr 9 '12 at 22:02

If you're really determined to use a post- prefix, I suppose you could say postvocationally.

  • Kinda falls into the postcirricular category, but I can see it.
    – ahodder
    Apr 9 '12 at 22:30
  • I kinda hate to downvote a good try here, but apparently post-vocationally has already been co-opted to mean after starting in the work environment, not after leaving it. Apr 10 '12 at 15:42

Before reading @FumbleFingers in retirement, I would have said post-retirement. I would consider his comment better, but thought I'd throw this out for your consideration.

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    Except that post-retirement means after retirement- with retirement refering to the full period of one's life after they've retired and not to the act of retiring itself. So post-retirement would be 'in death'
    – Jim
    Apr 9 '12 at 23:27
  • Retirement can refer to the action or the state; both NOAD and M-W define it as action first and then state (both linking them very closely, however). I don't think my answer is wrong, and if used in context, I think there is little opportunity for confusion.
    – zpletan
    Apr 10 '12 at 2:28

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