heir presumptive

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heir presumptive

n. pl. heirs presumptive
An heir who stands to inherit the estate, title, or office of an intestate ancestor, but whose claim can be defeated if a relative who is closer to the ancestor is born prior to the ancestor's death.

heir presumptive

n
(Law) 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

heir′ presump′tive



n., pl. heirs presumptive.
a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir.
[1620–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heir presumptive - a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
heir, heritor, inheritor - a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
heir apparent - an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor