from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person's closest living relative, often entitled to inherit the personal property, and in some cases the real property, of the deceased, if that person dies intestate.

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  • noun Closest blood relative, heir to inheritance.

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  • noun the person who is (or persons who are) most closely related to a given person


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