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heir


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heir  \Heir\,  v.  t. 
  To  inherit;  to  succeed  to  [R.] 
 
  One  only  daughter  heired  the  royal  state.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heir  \Heir\,  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. 
 
  I  am  my  father's  heir  and  only  son.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  One  who  receives  any  endowment  from  an  ancestor  or 
  relation;  as  the  heir  of  one's  reputation  or  virtues. 
 
  And  I  his  heir  in  misery  alone.  --Pope. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heir 
  n  1:  a  person  who  is  entitled  by  law  or  by  the  terms  of  a  will  to 
  inherit  the  estate  of  another  [syn:  {inheritor},  {heritor}] 
  2:  a  person  who  inherits  some  title  or  office  [syn:  {successor}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Heir 
  Under  the  patriarchs  the  property  of  a  father  was  divided  among 
  the  sons  of  his  legitimate  wives  (Gen.  21:10;  24:36;  25:5),  the 
  eldest  son  getting  a  larger  portion  than  the  rest.  The  Mosaic 
  law  made  specific  regulations  regarding  the  transmission  of  real 
  property,  which  are  given  in  detail  in  Deut.  21:17;  Num.  27:8; 
  36:6;  27:9-11.  Succession  to  property  was  a  matter  of  right  and 
  not  of  favour.  Christ  is  the  "heir  of  all  things"  (Heb.  1:2; 
  Col.  1:15).  Believers  are  heirs  of  the  "promise,"  "of 
  righteousness,"  "of  the  kingdom,"  "of  the  world,"  "of  God," 
  "joint  heirs"  with  Christ  (Gal  3:29;  Heb.  6:17;  11:7;  James  2:5; 
  Rom.  4:13;  8:17). 
 




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