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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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1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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heir presumptive

(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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