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heir, inheritor, heritornoun

a human being who is entitled by law or through the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

successor, heirnoun

a person who inherits some title or office

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Someone that inherits, or is designated to inherit, the residential property of another.

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Etymology: indigenous heres, native eir, heir, indigenous heres (genitive heredis).


One that inherits, or has actually been designated to inherit, a hereditary title or office.

Etymology: from heres, from eir, heir, from heres (genitive heredis).


A successor in a role, representing continuity through the predecessor.

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Etymology: native heres, from eir, heir, native heres (genitive heredis).

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one who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the possession of, any kind of property after the fatality of that owner; one on whom the regulation bestows the title or home of another at the fatality of the latter



one who receives any endowment native an ancestor or relation; as, the heritage of one"s reputation or virtues



to inherit; to succeed to


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ār, n. One who inherits anything ~ the fatality of the owner: one licensed has been granted to anything after the present possessor: a child, offspring:—fem. Heiress (ār′es).—v.t. Heir, to inherit.—ns. Heir′-appā′rent, the one by regulation acknowledged to it is in heir; Heir′-at-law, an heritage by legal right; Heir′dom, Heir′ship.—adj. Heir′less, without an heir.—ns. Heir′loom, any type of piece the furniture or an individual property i m sorry descends come the heir-at-law by unique custom; Heir′-presump′tive, one who will be heir if no nearer relative need to be born.—Heir by custom, one whose appropriate as heir is established by customary modes of descent, as gavelkind, &c.