heir presumptive

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

Origin of heir presumptive

First recorded in 1620–30
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heir presumptive

noun
  1. 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 ancestorCompare heir apparent
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