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heir apparent

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
heir apparentˌheir apˈparent noun (plural heirs apparent) [countable]  1 SCLan heir whose right to receive the family property, money, or title cannot be taken away2 someone who seems very likely to take over a person’s job, position etc when that person leaves
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heir apparentHuston is considered the governor's political heir apparent.
From Longman Business Dictionaryheir apparentˌheir apˈparent noun [singular] journalism someone who is expected to become head of an organization after the present head leavesHe is seen as heir apparent to the chief executive.
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