Heir presumptive
Heir Heir ([^a]r), n. [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F. hoir, L. heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Hereditary}, {Heritage}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

I am my father's heir and only son. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues. [1913 Webster]

And I his heir in misery alone. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Heir apparent}. (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 Dict.).

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Heir Presumptive — (oder heiress presumptive) ist die Bezeichnung für den (die) voraussichtliche(n) britischen Thronfolger(in) oder den (die) voraussichtliche(n) Erben (Erbin) eines Adelstitels, wenn die Möglichkeit besteht, dass diese(r) noch durch die Geburt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • heir presumptive — see heir Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. heir presumptive n …   Law dictionary

  • heir presumptive — ► NOUN (pl. heirs presumptive) ▪ an heir whose claim may be set aside by the birth of another heir …   English terms dictionary

  • heir presumptive — n. pl. heirs presumptive an heir whose right to a certain property or title will be lost if someone more closely related to the ancestor is born before that ancestor dies: see HEIR APPARENT …   English World dictionary

  • Heir presumptive — An heir presumptive is the person provisionally scheduled to inherit a throne, peerage, or other hereditary honor, but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an heir apparent or of a new heir presumptive with a better claim to the throne …   Wikipedia

  • heir presumptive — noun a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative • Ant: ↑heir apparent • Hypernyms: ↑heir, ↑inheritor, ↑heritor * * * ˌheir preˈsumptive [heir presumptive heirs presumptive …   Useful english dictionary

  • heir presumptive — heir′ presump′tive n. pl. heirs presumptive law a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • heir presumptive — noun (plural heirs presumptive) an heir whose claim may be set aside by the birth of another heir. Compare with heir apparent …   English new terms dictionary

  • heir presumptive — pl. heirs presumptive. a person who is expected to be the heir but whose expectations may be canceled by the birth of a nearer heir. [1620 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • heir presumptive — /ɛə prəˈzʌmptɪv/ (say air pruh zumptiv) noun (plural heirs presumptive) an heir whose expectation may be defeated by the birth of a nearer heir …   Australian English dictionary

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