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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.
(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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