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legacy

[leg-uh-see] /ˈlɛg ə si/
noun, plural legacies.
1.
Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
2.
anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor:
the legacy of ancient Rome.
3.
an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
4.
Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English legacie office of a deputy or legate < Medieval Latin lēgātia. See legate, -acy
Synonyms
1, 2. inheritance.
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  • IT is certain the law does not allow a corporate city to inherit any estate by will, or to receive a legacy.
  • She died whilst she was engaged in the work of arranging her poems for press, so that they are in the truest sense her legacy.
  • It is this idea of universality that is the true legacy of the scientific revolution.
  • How wonderful to have a legacy so linked to the idea of freedom.
  • Discovery, the oldest working shuttle in the fleet, has a rich and somewhat poignant legacy.
  • Its originality and striking beauty should inspire us to revisit his achievement and his legacy.
  • For a start-up with a legacy, there is no blank slate.
  • Overseeing the legacy of a disgraced president could hardly be dull work.
  • Of course, a legacy of evolution is that modern humans often gain too much weight.
  • The long-gone ancestor is known as the founder of this population, and his or her genetic legacy is called a founder mutation.
British Dictionary definitions for legacy

legacy

/ˈlɛɡəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
a gift by will, esp of money or personal property
2.
something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor
3.
(modifier) surviving computer systems, hardware, or software: legacy network, legacy application
Word Origin
C14 (meaning: office of a legate), C15 (meaning: bequest): from Medieval Latin lēgātia commission; see legate
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Word Origin and History for legacy
n.

late 14c., "body of persons sent on a mission," from Old French legatie "legate's office," from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus "ambassador, envoy," noun use of past participle of legare "appoint by a last will, send as a legate" (see legate). Sense of "property left by will" appeared in Scottish mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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legacy in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Encyclopedia Article for legacy

bequest

in law, generally a gift of property by will or testament. The term is used to denote the disposition of either personal or real property in the event of death.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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