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[pri-rog-uh-tiv, puh-rog-] /prɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-/
an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank, office, or the like:
the prerogatives of a senator.
a right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to persons of a particular category:
It was the teacher's prerogative to stop the discussion.
a power, immunity, or the like restricted to a sovereign government or its representative:
The royal prerogative exempts the king from taxation.
Obsolete. precedence.
having or exercising a prerogative.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or existing by virtue of a prerogative.
Origin of prerogative
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin praerogātīvus (adj.) voting first, praerogātīva (noun use of feminine of adj.) tribe or century with right to vote first. See pre-, interrogative Unabridged
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  • But in this country, the process is somewhat different, and the Grand Master is deprived of a portion of his prerogative.

  • In aristocratic society a man's family arrangements are his own prerogative.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • No institution, no branch of legislature, no church, no prerogative or prescriptive claim has any rights against the Right.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • For a long time it seemed that the freeman's prerogative was being taken from him.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • A false impression of the real strength of his prerogative might be formed from the readiness with which he was obeyed.

    The Holy Roman Empire James Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for prerogative


an exclusive privilege or right exercised by a person or group of people holding a particular office or hereditary rank
any privilege or right
a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government
having or able to exercise a prerogative
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praerogātīva privilege, earlier: group with the right to vote first, from prae before + rogāre to ask, beg for
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Word Origin and History for prerogative

"special right or privilege granted to someone," late 14c. (in Anglo-Latin from late 13c.), from Old French prerogative (14c.), Medieval Latin prerogativa "special right," from Latin praerogativa "prerogative, previous choice or election," originally (with tribus, centuria) "unit of 100 voters who by lot voted first in the Roman comita," noun use of fem. of praerogativus (adj.) "chosen to vote first," from praerogere "ask before others," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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