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heir apparent

n. the person who is expected to receive a share of the estate of a family member if he/she lives longer, or is not specifically disinherited by will. (See: heir)

See: legatee

heir apparent

a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor.
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In one of her letters the Queen Mother revealed the extent of her affection after the heir to the throne sent her flowers after her appendix operation in 1964: "My darling Charles, I can't tell you how touched and delighted I was.
After 13 years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the King had no male heir to the throne.
The first of these, Sir John's translation of the Aeneid, book 6, was delivered in 1604 and aptly characterizes Harington as well-qualified to be employed as tutor to the heir to the throne.
As the heir to the throne was due to travel down the steep twin escalators between floors, the up escalator was turned around ten minutes beforehand so his entourage could stand level with him.
I'm sure the cost of his digs is the last thing on the young prince's mind, but I wonder how long it will be until less well- off students begin to consider if being at the same university as the heir to the throne comes at just too high a price.
As if it isn't already bad enough that 14-year-old Mia just found out she's the heir to the throne of a European country no one's ever even heard of, now they had to go and make a movie (in theaters Aug.
Some 500 e-mail messages have flooded the Imperial Household Agency congratulating Crown Princess Masako on her potential pregnancy with an heir to the throne, the agency said Tuesday.
Even though Richard had been a terrible king, lived the profligate life with questionable friends, imposed confiscatory taxes on the commoners and nobles alike, Henry Bolingbroke was nor, according to England's laws of succession, the rightful heir to the throne.
Different ways of ringing bells also called people to assemble, sounded alarms, and were a part of the rejoicing for victory in battle, the birth of an heir to the throne, or the end of a war.
Under the Constitution, Johnson was the legal heir to the throne.
Besides simply trying to stay alive, Kalaquinn and Gally are given the task of finding the true heir to the throne.
In 1469, however, Isabella (1451-1504), heiress to the throne of Castile, married Ferdinand (1452-1516), heir to the throne of Aragon.