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heir presumptive


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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See heir apparent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who will inherit only if no better choice for an heir is born.

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

  • noun a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative


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