Legacy definition

lĕgə-sē
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Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.

A legacy of religious freedom.

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Anything handed down from, or as from, an ancestor.
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Money or property given to another by will.
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The definition of legacy is something that is passed on to you from family, including reputation.

An example of legacy is family property that has been handed down for generations.

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A student applying or admitted to a college or university who is a relative of an alumnus.
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. A legacy that depends on an event that has not yet occurred.
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Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage.

John Muir left as his legacy an enduring spirit of respect for the environment.

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Referring to a software or hardware component or element, a system, or a network that is technically outdated, although often compatible with current technology. In consideration of the evolutionary nature of technology, systems and standards development generally places considerable emphasis on backward compatibility, i.e., compatibility with legacy technology.
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Left behind; old or no longer in active use.

They expect it to take years to process and import all the legacy data.

A legacy number or legacy identifier means a number no longer in use (for a document, for example)."

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Being or having to do with something, esp. something outdated or otherwise undesirable, that is carried over from a previous system, business operation, etc.
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Money or property left to someone by a will; bequest.
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An individual who is either an applicant to an educational institution or a matriculated student and is the child of an alumna or alumnus.
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Legacy is defined as having had a family member attend a university before you.

An example of a legacy is a college student who applies to Harvard because his grandfather and father both went there.

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Legacy means an older style or system.

An example of legacy is the filing system of a previous secretary at your new job.

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A grant by will of personal property or of money.
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A legacy in which the recipient is given a choice among various items.
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A bequest of all property not specifically mentioned in will.
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Because she was a legacy, her mother's sorority rushed her.

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(computing) Of a computer system that has been in service for many years and that a business still relies upon, even though it is becoming expensive or difficult to maintain.
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A legacy paid from a particular source if there are sufficient funds.
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Legacy. A legacy that consists of a piece of property that is clearly distinguishable and separable from the remainder of the property that forms the estate of the testator.
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A legacy from the assets or proceeds of an estate, paid in cash or in fungible personal property, such as stock.
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(law) Money or property bequeathed to someone in a will.
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Retained under an obsolescent or discarded system, chiefly for purposes of reference.

Legacy files in the old e-mail system.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
legacy
Plural:
legacies

Origin of legacy

  • Middle English legacie office of a deputy from Old French from Medieval Latin lēgātia from Latin lēgātus past participle of lēgāre to depute, bequeath leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French legacie, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin lēgātum, participle of lēgō.

    From Wiktionary