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heir presumptive

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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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