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HEIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heir mean? 

HEIR (noun)
  The noun HEIR has 2 senses:

1. a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
2. a person who inherits some title or office

  Familiarity information: HEIR used as a noun is rare.


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HEIR (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

heir; heritor; inheritor

Hypernyms ("heir" is a kind of...):

receiver; recipient (a person who gets something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heir"):

heir apparent (an heir whose right to an inheritance cannot be defeated if that person outlives the ancestor)

heir-at-law (the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate)

heiress; inheritress; inheritrix (a female heir)

heir presumptive (a person who expects to inherit but whose right can be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative)


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Meaning:

A person who inherits some title or office

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

heir; successor

Hypernyms ("heir" is a kind of...):

issue; offspring; progeny (the immediate descendants of a person)


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