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Definitions for prerogative
prɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-pre·rog·a·tive

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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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. prerogative

    A word of large extent. By the constitution of England the sovereign alone has the power of declaring war and peace. The crown is not precluded by the Prize Act from superseding prize proceedings by directing restitution of property seized, before adjudication, and against the will of the captors.

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  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

Examples of prerogative in a Sentence

  1. Gwede Mantashe:

    The appointment of ministers and deputy ministers is the sole prerogative of the President of the Republic, in line with the Constitution. To this end, the ANC continues to confirm its full confidence in our President.

  2. Daniel Post Senning:

    Try to guide the conversation back into safer territory, that's usually a host's prerogative, but anybody can do it, and any talented conversationalist will recognize safe territory.

  3. Tony Serra:

    That kind of error causes reversals all the time. Then the prosecution has the prerogative of going again, the state case is a heavier case because its a homicide and a gun. ... Its going to be a big potential decision on what theyre going to do.

  4. John Kennedy:

    I think Jeff Sessions is Jeff Sessions. Having said that, Jeff Sessions works for The President and if The President wants to make a change, The President can make a change, i don't understand why the President's doing it the way The President's doing it, in terms of just not making the change if The President's unhappy. But that's the President's prerogative.

  5. Steve Greenberg:

    There's women saying things, which is of course their prerogative, but there is no evidence that any of it happened.

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