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heir apparent

noun, plural heirs apparent.
an heir whose right is indefeasible, provided he or she survives the ancestor.
a person whose succession to a position appears certain:
His popularity makes him the chief's heir apparent.
Origin of heir apparent
1325-75; Middle English
Related forms
heir apparency, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for heir apparent

heir apparent

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