Heir-apparent



noun, plural heirs apparent.
1.
an heir whose right is indefeasible, provided he or she survives the ancestor.
2.
a person whose succession to a position appears certain:
His popularity makes him the chief’s heir apparent.
noun (pl) heirs apparent
1.
(property law) a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor Compare heir presumptive

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