Definition of heir apparent
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 : heir presumptive
3 : one whose succession especially to a position or role appears certain under existing circumstances
Examples of heir apparent in a sentence
The coach named her assistant as her heir apparent.
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HEIR APPARENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heir apparent for English Language Learners
: 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
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