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Heir-presumptive

One who will be heir if no one is born having a prior claim. Thus the Princess Royal was heir-presumptive till the Prince of Wales was born; and if the Prince of Wales had been king before any family had been born to him, his brother, Prince Alfred, would have been heir-presumptive.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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