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heir presumptive Line breaks: heir pre¦sump|tive

Definition of heir presumptive in English:

noun (plural heirs presumptive)

An heir whose claim may be set aside by the birth of another heir. Compare with heir apparent.
Example sentences
  • Still regarding himself as the heir presumptive to the French throne, he became the sworn enemy of the French regent, the Duke of Orleans.
  • After considerable hesitation, not least by her father who feared that his daughter's marriage to the heir presumptive would make him unpopular, the couple were accepted at court.
  • The impatience of the heir presumptive most notoriously surfaced at a breakfast hosted by the Guardian last November.
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