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legacy

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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Definition of legacy

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legacies

  1. 1 :  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property :  bequest She left us a legacy of a million dollars.

  2. 2 :  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past the legacy of the ancient philosophers The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.

Examples of legacy in a Sentence

  1. She left us a legacy of a million dollars.

  2. He left his children a legacy of love and respect.

  3. The war left a legacy of pain and suffering.

  4. Her artistic legacy lives on through her children.

Did You Know?

In its basic meaning, a legacy is a gift of money or other personal property that's granted by the terms of a will—often a substantial gift that needs to be properly managed. But the word is used much more broadly as well. So, for instance, much of Western civilization—law, philosophy, aesthetics— could be called the undying legacy of ancient Greece. And the rights and opportunities that women enjoy today are partly the legacy of the early suffragists and feminists.

Origin and Etymology 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


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legacy

adjective leg·a·cy

Definition of legacy

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated computer system transfer the legacy data a legacy system

Origin and Etymology of legacy

see 1legacy


First Known Use: 1988

Other Computer-Related Terms


LEGACY Defined for English Language Learners

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legacy

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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Definition of legacy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LEGACY Defined for Kids

legacy

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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Definition of legacy for Students

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legacies

  1. 1 :  property (as money) left to a person by a will

  2. 2 :  something (as memories or knowledge) that comes from the past or a person of the past the poet's legacy


Law Dictionary

legacy

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noun leg·a·cy \ˈle-gə-sē\

Legal Definition of legacy

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legacies

  1. :  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 and Etymology of legacy

Medieval Latin legatio, from Latin legare to bequeath



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