heir apparent

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 Abel is one of two Berkshire executives widely believed to be the heir apparent to Buffett as Berkshire CEO. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Warren Buffett rescued Corporate America in 2008. He's got $130 billion in cash to do it again," 1 May 2020 But Reynolds is the immediate heir apparent to Cooks, a four-time 1,000-yard receiver. Los Angeles Times, "Josh Reynolds flashing ‘legit juice’ on the deep ball made Brandin Cooks expendable for Rams," 28 Apr. 2020 If the 49ers are interested in an offensive lineman who could fill in at guard and serve as Staley’s heir apparent, there is a logical candidate who is expected to be selected around the middle of the first round: Alabama’s Jedrick Willis. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers mailbag: Will Dee Ford be healthy? Will Jalen Hurd be a tight end?," 9 Apr. 2020 After Nasser’s death, Egypt was led by President Anwar Sadat, who appointed Mubarak as vice president in April 1975, effectively designating him as heir apparent. Fortune, "Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, ‘pharaoh’ president ousted during Arab Spring, dies at 91," 25 Feb. 2020 That seems increasingly unlikely given Brady is under contract for two more years while once-apparent heir apparent Jimmy Garoppolo is now busy trying to restore the 49ers' luster. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Super Bowl LII story lines: History on the line for Patriots, Eagles," 23 Jan. 2018 He widely was considered the heir apparent to Lananna. oregonlive, "Olympic medalist and former Oregon track coach Dan Steele tackles his toughest challenge," 7 Feb. 2020 Young’s heir apparent as OSU’s next star defensive end, Zach Harrison, forced a punt with his third-down tackle. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football beats Penn State 28-17, clinching Big Ten East as Buckeyes respond to self-inflicted adversity," 23 Nov. 2019 The promotion makes Stankey the heir apparent to Stephenson, a potential plan that Elliot bashed. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "AT&T chief executive defends the company's costly media acquisition strategy," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of heir apparent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heir apparent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heir%20apparent. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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

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Legal Definition of heir apparent

see heir

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