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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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Whoever the new heir-apparent winds up being, he will have to come from among King Abdullah's brothers and half-brothers, children of Saudi Arabia's founder Abdul-Aziz.
CEO power increases the likelihood of heir-apparent exit when industry-adjusted return on assets is above average, but decreases it when industry-adjusted ROA is below average," Cannella says.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said Friday he would not regard Kim Jong Un, the third son and heir-apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as his counterpart even if the junior Kim is formally designated heir to his father, Yonhap News Agency reported in a dispatch from Russia.
Palmdale junior Daniel Cobian, a first-year runner and the heir-apparent to Patananan next season, qualified with an eighth-place finish in his heat race.