heir apparent

noun, plural heirs apparent.
1.
an heir whose right is indefeasible, provided he or she survives the ancestor.
2.
a person whose succession to a position appears certain: His popularity makes him the chief's heir apparent.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English

heir apparency, noun
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heir apparent
 
n , pl heirs apparent
property law Compare heir presumptive a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor

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Example sentences
Perhaps the committee decided to cast a wider net, or maybe the heir apparent withdrew, and the university was in panic mode.
But this unprecedented showdown with his frustrated heir apparent has shaken his control.
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