Definitions for prerogativeprɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•rog•a•tive*prɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-(n.)

  1. an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank, office, or the like.

  2. a right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to persons of a particular category.

  3. a power, immunity, or the like restricted to a sovereign government or its representative.

  4. Obs. precedence.

  5. (adj.)having or exercising a prerogative.

* Syn: See privilege.

Origin of prerogative:

1350–1400; ME < L praerogātīvus (adj.) voting first, praerogātīva (n. use of fem. adj.) tribe or century with right to vote first. See pre -, interrogative

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. prerogative(Noun)

    A hereditary or official right or privilege.

  2. prerogative(Noun)

    A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.

  3. prerogative(Noun)

    A right, generally

  4. prerogative(Noun)

    A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.

  5. prerogative(Adjective)

    Having a hereditary or official right or privilege.

  6. Origin: From the noun prerogative, from praerogativa, noun use of the feminine singular of praerogativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prerogative(noun)

    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

  2. Prerogative(noun)

    precedence; preeminence; first rank

Freebase

  1. Prerogative

    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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

prerogative(noun)

a special right or privilege belonging to a person because of his rank, position etc.

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