heir apparent

noun
plural heirs apparent

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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Grand Duke Alexis Romanov Alexandrovich, brother of the heir apparent to the Russian throne, traveled to Louisiana in 1872 to partake in the celebrations! Leah Silverman, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2022 The son and onetime heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi announced Sunday his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, Libya's election agency said. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 The son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi has announced his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month. NBC News, 14 Nov. 2021 The son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi announced Sunday his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, Libya's election agency said. Samy Magdy, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 The son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi announced Sunday his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, Libya's election agency said. Fox News, 14 Nov. 2021 The son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, announced Sunday his candidacy for the country's presidential election next month, Libya's election agency said. Sam Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2021 Those moves caused market watchers and trade publications to discuss him as a potential heir apparent. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Nov. 2021 But the show’s creator, Jesse Armstrong, agreed to audition him for the role of Kendall Roy, the moody middle son and Logan’s heir apparent. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of heir apparent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2022

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“Heir apparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heir%20apparent. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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heir apparent

noun

English Language Learners 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

heir apparent

Legal Definition of heir apparent

— see heir

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