Prerogative meaning

prĭ-rŏgə-tĭv
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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.

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The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge.
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Of, arising from, or exercising a prerogative.
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An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right.
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The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge.
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Of, arising from, or exercising a prerogative.
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Of or having a prerogative.
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A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.
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An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right.
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A prior or exclusive right or privilege, esp. one peculiar to a rank, class, etc.
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A distinctively superior advantage.
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(obs.) Priority or precedence.
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A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.
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A right, generally.
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Origin of prerogative

  • 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 reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Anglo-Norman noun prerogative, from Latin praerogātÄ«va (“previous verdict; claim, privilege"), noun use of the feminine singular of praerogātÄ«vus (“having first vote; privileged").

    From Wiktionary