- (in common law) a person who inherits all the property of a deceased person, as by descent, relationship, will, or legal process.
- Civil Law.a person who legally succeeds to the place of a deceased person and assumes the rights and obligations of the deceased, as the liabilities for debts or the possessory rights to property.
verb (used with object)
Origin of heir
Examples from the Web for heirless
Historical Examples of heirless
You have made me childless, but you and yours shall be heirless for ever.
He was extremely rich, and unless remote relations were considered, heirless.The Adventures of a Widow
He seemed like one come back from the dead, for long had his heirless father and people mourned for him.The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries
W. Y. Evans Wentz
The Abbey would benefit considerably, for, once a monk, Raymond would be heirless.The Winning of the Golden Spurs
Percy F. Westerman
Word Origin for heir
c.1300, from Anglo-French heir, Old French oir "heir, successor," from Latin heredem (nominative heres) "heir, heiress" (see heredity). Heir apparent (late 14c.) has the French order of noun-adjective, though it was not originally so written in English. It is the heir of one still alive whose right is clear. After death the heir apparent becomes the heir-at-law.