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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An heir whose right to inheritance is indefeasible by law provided he or she survives an ancestor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who will definitely inherit if surviving the one whose property is to be inherited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. one whose to an estate is indefeasible if he survives the ancestor; -- in distinction from presumptive heir. See Presumptive.
  • n. See under Apparent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor

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