Origin of prerogative
Praerogātīva also meant “the verdict or vote of this tribe or century; a prior verdict, election, right, or claim.” Medieval Latin developed the sense ““a previous choice, sure sign, special right, privilege,” and in Anglo-French and Old French prerogative meant “a privilege accorded to certain dignitaries, a special right or privilege exercised by the monarch.” By the early 15th century, Middle English prerogative meant “a precedence, superiority, or preeminence,” a meaning now obsolete. The common thread that remains in the current senses of the word in English are aspects of meaning related to a right, privilege, or power.
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|Anna Momigliano|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That is our prerogative, but if we exercise it, we should have a little rule among ourselves.
“He is an adult and if he wants to disappear it is his prerogative,” French said.
Perhaps one constant, then, in Fiasco's life is that he reserves the prerogative to quit something once it no longer feels right.
If President Obama decides he needs a new diplomatic team, that is his prerogative.
The king was touched in his chief interests; revenue and prerogative were threatened.In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson
The words were a fond husband's words: the tone was that of a master who took on himself his prerogative.Olive|Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
They were, however, informed that the levying of armed men is the prerogative of the Queen.The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)|John West
Some of the old-fashioned clergy regarded the prerogative as theirs, and were by no means slow in exercising it.Old Church Lore|William Andrews
The common right to wreckage was no doubt the origin of the prerogative right to the former.
British Dictionary definitions for prerogative
Word Origin for 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).