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.

Nearby words

  1. heinz,
  2. heinz-ehrlich body,
  3. heir,
  4. heir apparent,
  5. heir at law,
  6. heir-at-law,
  7. heirdom,
  8. heiress,
  9. heirless,
  10. heirloom

Origin of heir presumptive

First recorded in 1620–30

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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 ancestorCompare heir apparent
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