heir apparent

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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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It is the first time Lee made comments publicly on the North's heir-apparent, who is reportedly in his 20s.
Heir-apparent Charles came second, backed by 26 percent of respondents in the Mori poll, commissioned by Independent Television.
Saudi Crown Prince Nayef (Naif) bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, heir-apparent to King Abdullah and a staunch enemy of al-Qaeda as head of Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry, died today at 78, according to the International Islamic News Agency.
Nayef's brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz said less than two weeks ago that the heir-apparent was in good health.