heir apparent

noun

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.

First Known Use of heir apparent

14th century


HEIR APPARENT Defined for English Language Learners

heir apparent

noun

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


Law Dictionary

heir apparent

  1. see heir


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