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 for Heir apparent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apparent \Ap*par"ent\, a. [F. apparent, L. apparens, -entis, p.
     pr. of apparere. See Appear.]
     1. Capable of being seen, or easily seen; open to view;
        visible to the eye; within sight or view.
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              The moon . . . apparent queen.        --Milton.
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     2. Clear or manifest to the understanding; plain; evident;
        obvious; known; palpable; indubitable.
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              It is apparent foul play.             --Shak.
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     3. Appearing to the eye or mind (distinguished from, but not
        necessarily opposed to, true or real); seeming; as the
        apparent motion or diameter of the sun.
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              To live on terms of civility, and even of apparent
              friendship.                           --Macaulay.
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              What Berkeley calls visible magnitude was by
              astronomers called apparent magnitude. --Reid.
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     Apparent horizon, the circle which in a level plain bounds
        our view, and is formed by the apparent meeting of the
        earth and heavens, as distinguished from the rational
        horizon.
  
     Apparent time. See Time.
  
     Heir apparent (Law), one whose to an estate is indefeasible
        if he survives the ancestor; -- in distinction from
        presumptive heir. See Presumptive.
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     Syn: Visible; distinct; plain; obvious; clear; certain;
          evident; manifest; indubitable; notorious.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heir \Heir\ ([^a]r), n. [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F.
     hoir, L. heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. Hereditary,
     Heritage.]
     1. One who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the
        possession of, any property after the death of its owner;
        one on whom the law bestows the title or property of
        another at the death of the latter.
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              I am my father's heir and only son.   --Shak.
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     2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or
        relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues.
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              And I his heir in misery alone.       --Pope.
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     Heir apparent. (Law.) See under Apparent.
  
     Heir at law, one who, after his ancector's death, has a
        right to inherit all his intestate estate. --Wharton (Law
        Dict.).
  
     Heir presumptive, one who, if the ancestor should die
        immediately, would be his heir, but whose right to the
        inheritance may be defeated by the birth of a nearer
        relative, or by some other contingency.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  heir apparent
      n 1: an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if
           that person outlives the ancestor [ant: heir presumptive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "heir apparent":
     Muslim rulers, Prinz, apparent heir, atheling, beneficiary heir,
     coparcener, crown prince, emir, fideicommissary heir,
     fiduciary heir, heir, heir expectant, heir general, heir in tail,
     heir of entail, heir of inventory, heir of line, heir portioner,
     heir presumptive, heir whatsoever, heiress, heritor, inheritor,
     inheritress, inheritrix, joint heir, khan, king, knez, mirza,
     next in line, presumptive heir, prince, prince consort,
     prince regent, princeling, princes of India, remainderman,
     reversioner, shahzada, sheikh, sherif, successor
  
  

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