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

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75

Related forms

heir apparency, noun
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heir apparent


noun plural heirs apparent

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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