Found 2 items, similar to Heir apparent.
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Definition: heir apparent
n : an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if
that person outlives the ancestor [ant: heir presumptive
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Definition: Heir apparent
, a. [F. apparent, L. apparens, -entis, p.
pr. of apparere. See Appear
1. Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view;
visible to the eye; within sight or view.
The moon . . . apparent queen. --Milton.
2. Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident;
obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
It is apparent foul play. --Shak.
3. Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not
necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming; as the
apparent motion or diameter of the sun.
To live on terms of civility, and even of apparent
What Berkeley calls visible magnitude was by
astronomers called apparent magnitude. --Reid.
, the circle which in a level plain bounds
our view, and is formed by the apparent meeting of the
earth and heavens, as distinguished from the rational
. See Time
(Law), one whose to an estate is indefeasible
if he survives the ancestor; -- in distinction from
presumptive heir. See Presumptive
Syn: Visible; distinct; plain; obvious; clear; certain;
evident; manifest; indubitable; notorious.
([^a]r), n. [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F.
hoir, L. heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. Hereditary
1. One who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the
possession of, any property after the death of its owner;
one on whom the law bestows the title or property of
another at the death of the latter.
I am my father's heir and only son. --Shak.
2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or
relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues.
And I his heir in misery alone. --Pope.
. (Law.) See under Apparent
Heir at law
, one who, after his ancector's death, has a
right to inherit all his intestate estate. --Wharton (Law
, one who, if the ancestor should die
immediately, would be his heir, but whose right to the
inheritance may be defeated by the birth of a nearer
relative, or by some other contingency.