prerogative, privilege, perquisite, exclusive right(noun)
a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
"suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
A hereditary or official right or privilege.
A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.
A right, generally
A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.
Having a hereditary or official right or privilege.
Origin: From the noun prerogative, from praerogativa, noun use of the feminine singular of praerogativus.
an exclusive or peculiar privilege; prior and indefeasible right; fundamental and essential possession; -- used generally of an official and hereditary right which may be asserted without question, and for the exercise of which there is no responsibility or accountability as to the fact and the manner of its exercise
precedence; preeminence; first rank
In law, a prerogative is an exclusive right given from a government or state and invested in an individual or group, the content of which is separate from the body of rights enjoyed under the general law of the normative state. It was a common facet of feudal law. The word is derived from O.Fr. prerogative, M.L. prerogativa "special right," from L. praerogativa "prerogative, previous choice or election," originally "unit of 100 voters who by lot voted first in the Roman comitia," from praerogativus "chosen to vote first." In modern popular culture usage, the word prerogative has come to mean the egalitarian condition of the right for anyone's own self-determination, e.g., that it is "one's prerogative" to do as they please. The antithesis of the legal historic use of the term, being private exclusion from anyone and determined to the individual from without.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-rog′a-tiv, n. a peculiar privilege shared by no other: a right arising out of one's rank, position, or nature.—adj. arising out of, or held by, prerogative.—v.t. to endow with a prerogative.—adj. Prerog′atived (Shak.), having a prerogative or exclusive privilege.—adv. Prerog′atively, by prerogative or exclusive privilege.—Prerogative court, formerly a court having jurisdiction over testamentary matters.—Royal prerogative, the rights which a sovereign has by right of office, which are different in different countries. [Fr.,—L. prærogativus, that is asked before others for his opinion or vote—præ, before, rogāre, -ātum, to ask.]
The numerical value of prerogative in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of prerogative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Reason to rule but mercy to forgive The first is the law, the last prerogative.
Lifting the outstanding elements of the embargo and travel ban is a prerogative of Congress.
The prerogative of mercy should be extended to them, australia opposes the death penalty at home and abroad.
For believe me, in this world which is ever slipping from under our feet, it is the prerogative of friendship to grow old with one's friends.
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Translations for prerogative
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- Prärogative, VorrechtGerman
- lahjakkuus, etuoikeus, etuoikeutettu, valtaoikeus, kykyFinnish
- còir-dhligheScottish Gaelic
- kiváltság, előjog, kiváltságosHungarian
- appannaggio, prerogativa, diritto, privilegioItalian
- прерогатива, привилегия, исключительное правоRussian
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