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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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We've got cleaners sweeping up body parts on the Tube paying a higher percentage in tax than the heir to the throne.
During a brief speech to mark his visit, the heir to the throne made his hosts laugh when he told them: "Having sat in on at least part of a lecture I can see just how high powered you have to be to get in here at the end of the day, and it will be very interesting to see what happens to those who finally get out - what they achieve as a result of the high-powered education they received.
The heir to the throne replied "very touching" and the Dalai Lama went on to say: "This gentleman right from the beginning, I felt 'very nice person, good human'.
The heir to the throne has ignored trends and stuck to his favoured double-breasted suits for decades, and it was his continually smart appearance that appealed to the judges.
The main character Thirrin is a princess, heir to the throne of the Icemark, who has to defend her kingdom on the death of her father, working out who her friends and enemies are and pulling together an army by journeying far beyond her kingdom to the frozen Hub of the World.
It took the London artist three sittings with the heir to the throne and she's delighted with the result.
When Danica learns that she is pregnant controversy arises, as neither kingdom wants this heir to the throne who will be of mixed blood.
The Queen's eldest son has for over half a century served this country as a caring and conscientious heir to the throne.
The whitewashed Highland retreat is where the heir to the throne found sanctuary with his late grandmother during his unhappy schooldays at Gordonstoun.
The Prince of Wales' Christmas card this year features the heir to the throne relaxing at home with his sons in the grounds of Highgrove.
PRINCE William is growing into the role of heir to the throne.
IF Prince Charles genuinely believes that countryfolk are more victimised than blacks and gays then it's time we found ourselves a new heir to the throne.