- 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
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Examples from the Web for prerogative
It is entirely the government's prerogative to accede to these requests or not.In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official Recognition
November 14, 2013
That is our prerogative, but if we exercise it, we should have a little rule among ourselves.Gun Crazy: No More 'Thoughts and Prayers'
September 29, 2013
“He is an adult and if he wants to disappear it is his prerogative,” French said.Nick Stahl: The Search Turns to Skid Row
Chris Lee, Christine Pelisek
May 18, 2012
Perhaps one constant, then, in Fiasco's life is that he reserves the prerogative to quit something once it no longer feels right.Lupe Fiasco's Revenge
Seth Colter Walls
March 14, 2011
If President Obama decides he needs a new diplomatic team, that is his prerogative.Petraeus' First Big Problem
June 29, 2010
Every species of mere bodily labor is the prerogative of these Irish.Sketches from Memory
There was something that is supposed to be the prerogative of royalty in the lift of it.Her Father's Daughter
She carried the idea of the prerogative of rank to a high pitch.
This is prerogative, and not to be limited by our municipal rules.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those born great are able to do this by prerogative; you and I may succeed to it by skill.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
- 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 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).