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1. next in succession (to a throne, &c.) All'sW. II. iii. 139 (fig.) “She is young, wise, fair; In these to nature she's heir,” 2H4 V. ii. 71 “The heir of England,” Ham. I. ii. 109 “the most to our throne.”
2. passing in direct succession to 2H4 IV. v. 41 “this . . . crown . . . from thy place and blood, Derives itself to me.”
3. direct Ant. II. vi. 137 “the immediate author.”
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