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heir apparent

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
the person with the automatic right to legally receive all or most of the money, property, titles, etc. from another person when they die: The Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to the throne.Inheriting and bequeathing a person who seems certain to take the place of someone in power when that person stops workingReplacing and exchanging
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