What does prerogative mean?

Definitions for prerogativeprɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-

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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"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prerogative

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prerogative in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prerogative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeb Bush:

    That's his prerogative, he has every right to do it.

  2. Mahatma Gandhi:

    A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

  3. Pauline Kael:

    The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.

  4. John Dryden:

    Reason to rule but mercy to forgive The first is the law, the last prerogative.

  5. Thomas à Kempis:

    Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.

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