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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.
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(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
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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.
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|Noun||1.||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
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