heir presumptive

noun, plural heirs presumptive.
a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir.


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heir presumptive
property law Compare heir apparent 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

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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.
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