heir apparent noun
: 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
plural heirs apparent
: an heir whose right to an inheritance is indefeasible except by exclusion under a valid will if he or she survives the ancestor
: one whose succession especially to a position or role appears certain under existing circumstances
Examples of HEIR APPARENT
- The coach named her assistant as her heir apparent.
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