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heir presumptive

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.


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 ancestor Compare heir apparent


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Word History and Origins

Origin of heir presumptive1

First recorded in 1620–30
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Example Sentences

And that warrants you in sending me to tilt against this foolish heir-presumptive windmill.

Emanuel Geibel presented himself as heir presumptive to the mantle of Heine.

Madame de la Baudraye gave birth to a boy that might have filled a queen with envy who hoped for an heir-presumptive.

Among them was the heir presumptive of the house, a youth of the age of Ferdinand, and of a prepossessing appearance.

You are the Prince of Lochdougal, heir presumptive to the estates and titles of the Stuarts.

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