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)

heir apparent

a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor.
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Caption(s): John Case had been considered heir-apparent to La-Z-Boy Chairman Pat Norton.
"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.
It is the first time Lee made comments publicly on the North's heir-apparent, who is reportedly in his 20s.
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.