Heir apparent

person who is first in line of succession and cannot be displaced from inheriting, except by death or a change in the rules of succession

An heir (female: heiress) is a person who has inherited something after the original owner's death. Most often a child after his or her parent's death.[1]

Heir apparent and heir presumptive usually refer to someone who will inherit a royal or noble title:

An heir apparent is someone who will inherit at the death of the present title holder.[2]
A Crown Prince is an heir apparent to the throne in a monarchy.[3]
An heir presumptive is someone who may inherit, unless someone with a better claim under the rules of succession is found.[4]

For example

Monarchies that have used the titleEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Richard Burn; John Burn, A New Law Dictionary (London: printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, for T. Cadell, 1792), p. 423
  2. The Manual of Rank and Nobility, or Key to the Peerage (London: Saunders and Otley, 1828), p. 43
  3. Jeremy Paxman, On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families (New York : PublicAffairs, 2008), p. 103
  4. John Almon; John Debrett; et al., The Parliamentary register: or, History of the proceedings and debates of the House of Lords ... during the 14th-[18th] Parliament[s] of Great Britain [1774-1803] (London: Printed for J. Almon, 1775-1804), p. 75