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heir apparent

noun

Simple Definition of heir apparent

  • : an heir whose right to receive money, property, or a title cannot be taken away

  • : a person who is very likely to have a job or position after the person who has it now leaves

Full Definition of heir apparent

plural heirs apparent

  1. 1 :  an heir whose right to an inheritance is indefeasible except by exclusion under a valid will if he or she survives the ancestor

  2. 2 :  heir presumptive

  3. 3 :  one whose succession especially to a position or role appears certain under existing circumstances

Examples of heir apparent

  1. The coach named her assistant as her heir apparent.



14th Century

First Known Use of heir apparent

14th century


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