heir presumptive


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heir presumptive

a person who expects to succeed to an estate but whose right may be defeated by the birth of one nearer in blood to the ancestor.

HEIR PRESUMPTIVE. A presumptive heir is one who, in the present circumstances, would be entitled to the inheritance, but whose rights may be defeated by the contingency of some nearer heir being born. 2 B1 Com. 208. In Louisiana, the presumptive heir is he who is the nearest relation of the deceased, capable of inheriting. This quality is given to him before the decease of the person from whom he is to inherit, as well as after the opening of the succession, until he has accepted or renounced it. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 876.

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33) Unfortunately, he was killed fighting in Ireland in 1398, leaving a son, Edmund, fifth Earl of March, now heir presumptive to the throne -- but too young and weak to act as a bulwark against Bolingbroke, who deposed Richard II in 1399 and seized the throne as Henry IV.
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Wolfe traces the debate about Henri's conversion to the death of the duc d'Alencon in 1584, which made Navarre the heir presumptive.
The wedding of the Queen and Philip was the first and so far the only time in British history that the heir presumptive to the throne had been married.
The heir presumptive to the throne tells us triumphantly that his plans include the termination of some 20,000 of what is clearly a form of subhuman species.
Blenheim may never have been Churchill's home, for the estate and family title passed to his cousin, the 9th Duke (a lifelong friend always known as 'Sunny'), but for five years in the 1890s Churchill was heir presumptive to the dukedom and it was always where his roots remained.