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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



14th Century

First Known Use of heir apparent

14th century


Law Dictionary

heir apparent

  1. see heir




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