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heir presumptive

noun, plural heirs presumptive.
1.
a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30
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  • But his dominant role blocked other politicians from getting a hold on power, and made him the heir presumptive.
  • To be blunt: the paramount leader chooses his own heir presumptive.
British Dictionary definitions for heir presumptive

heir presumptive

noun
1.
(property law) a person who expects to succeed to an estate but whose right may be defeated by the birth of one nearer in blood to the ancestor Compare heir apparent
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