heir apparent(redirected from Heir to the throne)
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n. pl. heirs apparent
An heir who will inherit the ancestor's estate, title, or office as long as the ancestor does not exclude the heir in any will and the heir survives the ancestor.
n, pl heirs apparent
(Law) property law a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor. Compare heir presumptive
n., pl. 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.
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|Noun||1.||heir apparent - an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor|
heir, heritor, inheritor - a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
heir presumptive - a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative