Presumptive heir
Presumptive Pre*sump"tive, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]somptif.] 1. Based on presumption or probability; grounded on probable evidence; probable; as, presumptive proof. [1913 Webster]

2. Presumptuous; arrogant. [R.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

{Presumptive evidence} (Law), that which is derived from circumstances which necessarily or usually attend a fact, as distinct from direct evidence or positive proof; indirect or circumstantial evidence. ``Presumptive evidence of felony should be cautiously admitted.'' --Blackstone. The distinction, however, between direct and presumptive (or circumstantial) evidence is now generally abandoned; all evidence being now more or less direct and more or less presumptive.

{Presumptive heir}. See {Heir presumptive}, under {Heir}. [1913 Webster]


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