from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An heir whose claim can be defeated by the birth of a closer relative before the death of the ancestor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who will inherit only if no better choice for an heir is born.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one who, if the ancestor should die immediately, would be his heir, but whose right to the inheritance may be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative, or by some other contingency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See heir apparent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
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