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legacy (noun) money or property someone receives after the death of a person; result of past events, actions, etc.
The property or money someone gets after the death of a person is legacy. If someone interested in you leaves by will their property to you when they die, that is your legacy. In other words the property or the money you succeed to, after the death of the one who leaves it to you, is your legacy. The result of past events or the past actions of someone is a legacy of the past. The present education system in most of the former countries under the British rule is a legacy of the British rule. That is, the present education systems in these countries are the result of the British rule. They continue to have some of the features the British introduced during their rule.
- The legacy of his past action is haunting him. His cruel murder of his friend for the sake of his property has not left him any piece of mind. The law has caught up with him finally and he is now in jail for his past sin.
- The evil of corruption in the country and its industrial backwardness is the legacy of two centuries of foreign rule. During that period they were not trained in proper administration, and no industries were encouraged.