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heir apparent

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.

heir apparent

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

heir′ appar′ent



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.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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heir apparent

heir apparent

nerede m/f legittimo/a
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Shakespeare knew the world, my good sir, and when he describes Prince Hal (from whose family the Gaunts pretend to be descended, though they are no more related to John of Gaunt than you are) trying on his father's coronet, he gives you a natural description of all heirs apparent.
Individuals in the president or COO position are usually regarded as heirs apparent (Vancil, 1987; Cannella and Shen, 2001), and incumbent CEOs often explicitly groom these people to be their successors.
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