- 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
Middle English word dating back to 1325–75
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Examples from the Web for heir apparent
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was snubbed by heir-apparent Xi Jinping on her recent visit.U.S.-China Economies Ties Deepen as Tensions Rise
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Since then, Lula has continued to push his protégée and heir-apparent in an effort to protect his own legacy.Brazil's Next Outlaw President
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The heir-apparent, the late King, admired his talent and relished his society.In the Heart of Vosges
The heir-apparent was privileged to support two, and the third from the king but one.The Annals of the Cakchiquels
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In April, 1502, at the age of ten, Henry became the heir-apparent to the English throne.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
That chief was, therefore, brother-in-law to the king, and uncle to the heir-apparent.Captain Cook
You see it's about time to select an heir-apparent for Brockhurst.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
- property law a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestorCompare heir presumptive
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