The definition of a prerogative is an exclusive right or a privilege.noun
An example of prerogative is the ability of a citizen in the United States to choose whether or not to vote.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a prior or exclusive right or privilege, esp. one peculiar to a rank, class, etc.
- a distinctively superior advantage
- Obsolete priority or precedence
Origin: ME prerogatif < MFr < L praerogativa, called upon to vote first < praerogare, to ask before < prae-, before + rogare, to ask: see rogation
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- 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