heir apparent definition

  • noun:
    • An heir whose right to inheritance is indefeasible legally provided he or she survives an ancestor.
    • an individual who will definitely inherit if enduring usually the one whose home will be inherited.
    • See under Apparent.
    • an heir whose to an inheritance may not be defeated if that individual outlives the ancestor
  • adjective:
    • one whoever to an estate is indefeasible if he survives the ancestor; -- in difference from presumptive heir. See Presumptive.

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  • Antonym for "heir apparent"
  • Hypernym for "heir apparent"
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