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
References in classic literature ?
"Heir presumptive, William Walter Elliot, Esq., great grandson of the second Sir Walter."
The heir presumptive, the very William Walter Elliot, Esq., whose rights had been so generously supported by her father, had disappointed her.
Heir presumptive, his lordship's next brother, Stephen Robert, married to Ella, youngest daughter of the Reverend Silas Marden, Rector of Runnigate, and has issue, three daughters.
Philippe, sole heir presumptive to Louis XIII., your father, show yourself without pity or mercy for the usurper who, at this moment, has not even to suffer the agony of the remorse of all that you have had to submit to."
The assassination of the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, on 28 June 1914 orchestrated World War 1.
As a matter of fact, the third Balkan crisis, caused by the assassination of the heir presumptive to the Austrian throne, the Archduke Ferdinand, led to the war.
What may be a future cause of concern is how his daughter fares as the heir presumptive to his position.
In the preface of the book, the writer has given background of the war, which was started along with assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo.
"It only takes a second to assassinate an Archduke, (a reference to Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive of the Austro-Hungarian Empire whose slaying on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo is said to have triggered the start of WWI), for declarations and threats to be made, for defences to be set, for weapons to be drawn, for promises of help to be made.
Mulvagh's central argument is that the post-1900 IPP leadership should not be seen simply in terms of John Redmond's leadership, but as a small oligarchy of four or "tetrarchy": Redmond, John Dillon, the Belfast MP Joseph Devlin as organizer-in-chief and heir presumptive and the British-based T.P, O'Connor as advisor and, linkman to British high politics.
In her Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the outbreak of World War I, The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman describes how a single catastrophic event " the assassination of the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne " led to a chain reaction that ignited a global conflict.
It tells the story of one Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, a land of casinos and gilded skyscrapers.