heir presumptive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heir presumptive a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heir presumptive 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heir presumptive the person, not son or daughter, at present next in succession to any living person
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. présumer—L. præsumĕrepræ, before, sumĕre, to take—sub, under, emĕre, to buy.

Usage

In literature:

Unhappily, this only child, the heir-presumptive to so many millions, died at the University of Heidelberg from eating too many sausages.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
All very well to be heir-presumptive when there's little prospect of presuming.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
The New Dominant was only heir presumptive then, or heir apparent but not obvious.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
I need not remind your Majesty that the result would be to make your cousin Prince Ferdinand heir-presumptive.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Of course, if I pull through, he becomes heir presumptive.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Prince George of Wales was now Heir Presumptive to the Throne and upon him were devolved the more or less arduous duties of that position.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
It was there, amid criminals of all grades, that the presumptive heir of the kingdom of Dahomey was found by his excellent tutor.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
From these, in the absence of extraordinary testimony, it must be the presumption that I am myself my father's rightful heir.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
But while the presumptive heir of the Persian throne was reduced to such a strange situation, how was Queen Chamsada employed?
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The Duke of York, heir-presumptive to the crown, had died on January 5.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
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In news:

But Wilton 's feathery vocal inflections immediately give her away as the mother of Matthew, the estate's presumptive heir.
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