Simple Definition of legacy
: something (such as property or money) that is received from someone who has died
: something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past
Full Definition of legacy
1 : a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest
2 : something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers>
Examples of legacy in a sentence
She left us a legacy of a million dollars.
He left his children a legacy of love and respect.
The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.
Her artistic legacy lives on through her children.
Origin of legacy
Middle English legacie office of a legate, bequest, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, office of a legate, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of legacy
: of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system <transfer the legacy data> <a legacy system>
First Known Use of legacy
LEGACY Defined for Kids
Definition of legacy for Students
1 : property (as money) left to a person by a will
2 : something (as memories or knowledge) that comes from the past or a person of the past <the poet's legacy>
Legal Definition of legacy
: a gift of property by will; specifically : a gift of personal property by will : bequest — see also ademption — compare devise conjoint legacy in the civil law of Louisiana : a legacy by a single disposition to more than one legatee or of indivisible property to more than one legatee demonstrative legacy \di-ˈmän-strə-tiv-\ : a legacy payable from a designated fund or asset or from the general assets of the estate to the extent the specified fund or asset fails to satisfy the legacy general legacy : a legacy payable out of the general assets of the estate legacy under a universal title in the civil law of Louisiana : a legacy that consists of a specified proportion (as one-half), a specified type (as movables), or a specified proportion of a specified type of the testator's property particular legacy in the civil law of Louisiana : any legacy that is not a universal legacy or a legacy under a universal title —called also legacy under particular title residuary legacy : a legacy that consists of all of the testator's estate which has not been distributed through other legacies or charges upon the estate specific legacy : a legacy payable only from a specific fund or asset in the estate universal legacy in the civil law of Louisiana : a legacy by which a testator gives to one or more legatees all of his or her property at the time of death
Origin of legacy
Medieval Latin legatio, from Latin legare to bequeath
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