noun (plural heirs apparent)
1An heir whose claim cannot be set aside by the birth of another heir. Compare with heir presumptive.
- The Emperor is on his throne and the heir apparent, the Prince, is one step below.
- 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.
- Why should the heir apparent be guaranteed the succession?
1.1A person who is most likely to succeed to the place of another: he was once considered heir apparent to the chairman
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- Mr Portillo was once considered the heir apparent to Mrs Thatcher.
- He was once considered the heir apparent to the throne but now he is a fighter searching for a career.
- 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.
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