heir apparent

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of heir apparent

plural heirs 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

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

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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

legal Definition of heir apparent

see heir

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