legal, legitimate, rightful

the rightful heir to the throne

natural, real, true

The socialists saw themselves as true heirs of the Enlightenment.


When the Earl of Surrey died in 1347 he left no direct heir.

chosen, designated
apparent, presumptive (both only after heir)

On his brother's death he became heir apparent to the title.


He's the future heir to the throne.

female, male
political, spiritual

He sees himself as the spiritual heir to Kennedy.


He has no heir to leave his fortune to.

beget (formal), produce

He planned to marry and produce an heir for his estate.


On his deathbed he named his second son as his heir.

become, fall (esp. BrE)

At the age of twenty he fell heir to a large estate.

heir to

He is the sole heir to a large mining fortune.

the heir to the throne
sb's son and heir

He left most of his property to his eldest son and heir.

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