noun, plural heirs presumptive.
Origin of heir presumptive
Examples from the Web for heir presumptive
When Uncle Rad succeeded to the title, Arthur was heir-presumptive of course.The Heart of a Woman|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
To recognise her as heir-presumptive without providing her with a husband, who can control her, will be perilous to the queen.The Reign of Mary Tudor|W. Llewelyn Williams.
"Then his death made you heir-presumptive," cried the thoughtless young man, speaking impulsively.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Of these, he now demanded immediate payment, with a threat of proceeding to extremities with the heir-presumptive of the house.The Collection of Antiquities|Honore de Balzac
I need not remind your Majesty that the result would be to make your cousin Prince Ferdinand heir-presumptive.The King's Mirror|Anthony Hope