Definition of heir apparent in English:

heir apparent


  • 1An heir whose claim cannot be set aside by the birth of another heir.

    Compare with heir presumptive
    • ‘He owns and controls the Duchy of Cornwall, established in the fourteenth century to provide an income for the heir apparent.’
    • ‘At this juncture, the only heir apparent is a slave born in his household.’
    • ‘This will be followed by a national referendum where the resolution must obtain a simple majority for the king to abdicate in favor of the heir apparent.’
    • ‘For the next four generations, the succession passed, as expected, to the king's oldest son, but this period ended with perhaps the most illustrious heir apparent never to inherit the throne.’
    • ‘Prince Charles, now the Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the throne, was born in 1948, and his sister, Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal, in 1950.’
    • ‘The Emperor is on his throne and the heir apparent, the Prince, is one step below.’
    • ‘Why should the heir apparent be guaranteed the succession?’
    • ‘Both princes are styled Highness, rather than Royal Highness, as the latter is used only for the heir apparent and his or her children.’
    • ‘Instead, they automatically made sons the heirs apparent.’
    • ‘Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, born November 14, 1948, was created Prince of Wales and is the heir apparent.’
    • ‘Each emperor was supported by a designated heir apparent.’
    • ‘Created in 1337 by Edward III for his son, the Duchy's main purpose is to provide an income, independent of the monarch, for the heir apparent.’
    • ‘The heir apparent deposed his father to become ruler in June 1995.’
    • ‘On it, was the carved badge of the heir apparent to the throne.’
    • ‘Upon the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901, the Duke of York became the heir apparent and the Duke of Cornwall.’
    successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scion
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    1. 1.1A person who is most likely to succeed to the place of another.
      ‘he was once considered heir apparent to the chairman’
      • ‘Now, Tiger is once again the heir apparent and columnists across the globe are making the kinds of U-turns only journalists can get away with.’
      • ‘Nick Johnson will be the heir apparent if he can return from a right wrist injury.’
      • ‘Eldest son Chris, the heir apparent, has been ‘acting as chairman for the last couple of years‘.’
      • ‘He is mentioned almost weekly as the heir apparent to some imminently vacant throne.’
      • ‘You got tired of him acting like the heir apparent.’
      • ‘In addition to socialization by the prior CEO, experience as heir apparent is likely to involve other social processes that may influence an individual's strategic orientation.’
      • ‘However, now he's on the ticket and, if they're successful, likely to become the Democrat heir apparent.’
      • ‘Mr Portillo was once considered the heir apparent to Mrs Thatcher.’
      • ‘Ian Russell last week fired two executive directors, one of whom the City trusted with efficient operational management, and the other, like Russell a former finance director, who had been presented to investors as his heir apparent.’
      • ‘With the Seoul Olympics looming, he had decided to shelve political reform and to name the ruling party chairman as his heir apparent.’
      • ‘He is more of a shoo-in than any previous heir apparent I can think of, yet the political racetrack has seen many favourites fall at the last fence.’
      • ‘Mike Blair, smooth, polished and lightning fast was the heir apparent, only to see his inheritance snatched away by his younger rival.’
      • ‘He was once considered the heir apparent to the throne but now he is a fighter searching for a career.’
      • ‘What role is Brown, the all but anointed heir apparent, likely to play in all this?’
      • ‘He might be the best-groomed heir apparent in corporate history.’


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