- 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.
prerogative definition by Webster's New World
- a prior or exclusive right or privilege, esp. one peculiar to a rank, class, etc.
- a distinctively superior advantage
- Obsolete priority or precedence
Origin: Middle English prerogatif ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin praerogativa, called upon to vote first ; from praerogare, to ask before ; from prae-, before plush rogare, to ask: see rogation
prerogative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: the principal's prerogative to suspend a student.
- A special quality that confers superiority.
Origin: Middle 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.
- pre·rogˈa·tived adjective