Adjective "legacies" definition and examples

(Legacies may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


An amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
  1. 'Partnerships will bring you wealth and success and you may inherit a legacy.'
  2. 'Most charities would claim that around 30 per cent of their income comes from the legacies - gifts - left by people in their will.'
  3. 'Bentham tells the family that they are about to inherit a legacy from a relative.'
  4. 'From charity legacies to endowment shortfalls, John Husband answers your financial queries'
  5. 'This would generate 4,000 per year, to which would be added other gifts and legacies.'
  6. 'Many of the large charities rely on legacies, which can cut inheritance tax bills.'
  7. 'They have income from legacies or property sales, and they will take in a lot from collections.'
  8. 'the legacy of centuries of neglect'
  9. 'And their legacies continue to cause newcomers to pause before embarking down similar routes.'
  10. 'One of the legacies of these practices is the impact on the property market in the target areas.'
  11. 'I guess that he might have preferred more substantial legacies than these, but maybe they'll do just fine.'
  12. 'Its roots go back to colonial history and it is a legacy of European colonialism and modernity.'
  13. 'Cemetery managers, like parishes, have inherited an unenviable legacy from past generations.'
  14. 'Nicholson created something extraordinary but the custodians of the club have not done justice to his legacy.'
  15. 'If chimps and humans are both violent, they are likely to share a genetic legacy for violence with this ancestor.'
  16. 'Many have commented on how the lasting divisions on the sub-continent are partly a legacy of British colonialism.'
  17. 'Paradoxically her legacy was to remove any parental role in the provision of contraception for young people.'
  18. 'And at this stage of his career, Oscar is looking for more than money: he's got his eye on his legacy.'


Denoting or relating to software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use.
  1. 'None of these legacy ports are able to handle the high bandwidth peripherals of today.'
  2. 'This meant that legacy applications would not be supported if companies moved to updated versions.'

More definitions

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 relating to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work we

More examples(as adjective)

"portraits can be legacies."


(legacy)Late Middle English (also denoting the function or office of a deputy, especially a papal legate): from Old French legacie, from medieval Latin legatia ‘legateship’, from legatus ‘person delegated’ (see legate).