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From Middle English legacie, from Old French legacie and Medieval Latin lēgātia, from Latin lēgātum.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛɡəsi/
  • (some US dialects) IPA(key): /ˈleɪɡəsi/
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legacy (plural legacies)

  1. (law) Money or property bequeathed to someone in a will.
  2. Something inherited from a predecessor or the past.
    Synonym: heritage
    John Muir left as his legacy an enduring spirit of respect for the environment.
    • 1951 April, D. S. Barrie, “British Railways: A Survey, 1948-1950”, in Railway Magazine, number 600, page 224:
      During the first year or so of British Railways, some of the simpler and more obvious inter-regional transfers of outlying sections were effected, such as those of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway from the London Midland Region to the Eastern Region; the South Wales lines of the former L.M.S.R. to the Western Region; the Carlisle-Silloth branch (an L.N.E.R. legacy of a North British "border raid") to the London Midland, and so on.
    • 2019 April 6, Caleb Quinley, “Thailand: Anti-military party leader faces sedition charges”, in Al Jazeera[1], Doha: Al Jazeera, retrieved 2019-04-06:
      And judging by how well the progressive and youth-favoured party did, many observers suspect this latest round of legal charges are a response to Future Forward's commitment to undo the legacy of military rule and undertake democratic reforms.
  3. (education) The descendant of an alumnus, given preference in academic admissions.
    Because she was a legacy, her mother's sorority rushed her.




  1. Left over from the past; no longer current.
    • 2000, International Engineering Consortium, The Emerging Optical Network, →ISBN, page 75:
      They have no idea what occurs in the network or its topology, and all of the services remain dependent on it — a very legacy approach to creating services in the optical network.
    • 2003, Carlo Zaniolo, Peter C. Lockemann, Marc H. Scholl, Advances in Database Technology - EDBT 2000, →ISBN:
      However, pre-relational DBMS are legacy.
    • 2006, Anne Gams Steine Asserson, Eduard J. Simons, Enabling Interaction and Quality: Beyond the Hanseatic League, →ISBN, page 118:
      Finally, the organisation ends up with an expensive ERP of which it uses only part because of divergent evolutionary directions and a set of new systems fast becoming legacy.
    • 2008, CIO - 15 Feb 2008 Vol. 21, No. 9, page 49:
      There was talk in the past that ERP systems were legacy, lacked the agility and flexibility, and did not support interoperability.
    • 2009, Kerrie Meyler, Byron Holt, Greg Ramsey, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed, →ISBN:
      Because most of these HALs are legacy and only used on aging or outdated hardware, chances are that you do not have any in your lab and must be creative in procuring one from an active user.
    • 2013, Management Association, Software Design and Development, →ISBN:
      In practice, there are legacy or mature, domain specific, off the shelf (i.e. software that other software projects can reuse and integrate into their own products) tools that are used regularly by modeleres (e.g., for testing purposes, for communication and collaboration).


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