prerogative[prē räg′ə tiv, pri-]
- The definition of a prerogative is an exclusive right or a privilege.
An example of prerogative is the ability of a citizen in the United States to choose whether or not to vote.
- a prior or exclusive right or privilege, esp. one peculiar to a rank, class, etc.
- a distinctively superior advantage
- Obsolete priority or precedence
Origin of prerogativeMiddle English prerogatif ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin praerogativa, called upon to vote first ; from praerogare, to ask before ; from prae-, before + rogare, to ask: see rogation
- An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. See Synonyms at right.
- The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge: “Encyclicals became direct exercises of papal prerogative” (Garry Wills).
Origin of prerogativeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin praerogātīva, feminine of praerogātīvus, asked first, from praerogātus, past participle of praerogāre, to ask before : prae-, pre- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
(comparative more prerogative, superlative most prerogative)