from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An heir who stands to inherit the estate, title, or office of an intestate ancestor, but whose claim can be defeated if a relative who is closer to the ancestor is born prior to the ancestor's death.
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- noun See
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- noun Someone who will
inheritonly if no better choice for an heir is born.
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- noun a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
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