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.

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  • 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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  • Prince Rupert of Bavaria, the heir apparent to the ancient throne of the Wittelsbachs, was sentenced by his grandfather, the prince regent, to no less than three months 'close arrest in his quarters at Munich, for having left the kingdom without permission, in order to spend three days at Paris, in fair but frail company; while the widowed Duchess of Aosta on one occasion was placed under arrest in her palace of Turin by her brother-in-law, King Humbert, because she had ventured to appear in public on her wheel wearing a pair of bloomers!

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  • All that my hand possesseth thou shalt have the disposal of and, if I have no child to succeed me, thou shalt sit on my throne in my stead; for thou art the worthiest of all the folk of my realm, and I will invest thee with my Kingship in the presence of the Grandees of my state and appoint thee my heir apparent to inherit the kingdom after me,

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  • A petty sovereign will have to content himself with being embraced merely twice by a monarch such as Francis-Joseph or Emperor William, while a crown prince or heir apparent will receive only one hug.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • The Duke of Calabria, the heir apparent to the Neapolitan throne, has just taken a wife and brought her home, and the city as a consequence is filled with titled strangers met to congratulate the happy pair and participate in the fetes.

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  • Especially since Archduke Francis Ferdinand became heir apparent and began to enjoy a certain influence, there began to be some plan and order in the policy of Czechization from above.

    Mein Kampf

  • Bruce Johnjohn, second deputy chief manager and heir apparent to Havergill, was a stocky, gentle man with a hummingbird's vitality.

    Noble House

  • He had not been into Gilly very often during the nine months since he arrived on Drogheda, but his position as Mary Carson’s brother and heir apparent meant that he had been treated very hospitably whenever he had been in town, and that his face was well remembered.

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  • She is the mother of the little Duc de Bordeaux, who, you know, is the heir apparent to the crown of France.

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