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[pri-rog-uh-tiv, puh-rog-] /prɪˈrɒg ə tɪv, pəˈrɒg-/
an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank, office, or the like:
the prerogatives of a senator.
a right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to persons of a particular category:
It was the teacher's prerogative to stop the discussion.
a power, immunity, or the like restricted to a sovereign government or its representative:
The royal prerogative exempts the king from taxation.
Obsolete, precedence.
having or exercising a prerogative.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or existing by virtue of a prerogative.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin praerogātīvus (adj.) voting first, praerogātīva (noun use of feminine of adj.) tribe or century with right to vote first. See pre-, interrogative
1. See privilege. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prerogatives
  • Another rationale is to preserve everyone's ability to throw out wild-eyed ideas that diverge with their bosses' prerogatives.
  • Publishers are afraid of losing their pricing prerogatives.
  • Any symptom can be attributed to any cause so long as it fits the prerogatives of the investigating agency.
  • The fathers themselves would have been the first to declare that their prerogatives were not irrevocable.
  • It is at once inconsistent with the subject's rights and with the king's prerogatives.
  • He has scarce been three hours in the house, and he has already encroached on all my prerogatives.
  • The greatness of house is secured by upholding the integrity of its prerogatives.
  • Now the fear is that the dire consequences of democracy can best be preserved through the unlimited prerogatives of property.
  • He respected the pride and the prerogatives of other peoples.
  • No way, said the committee, jealous of its prerogatives.
British Dictionary definitions for prerogatives


an exclusive privilege or right exercised by a person or group of people holding a particular office or hereditary rank
any privilege or right
a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government
having or able to exercise a prerogative
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praerogātīva privilege, earlier: group with the right to vote first, from prae before + rogāre to ask, beg for
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Word Origin and History for prerogatives



"special right or privilege granted to someone," late 14c. (in Anglo-Latin from late 13c.), from Old French prerogative (14c.), Medieval Latin prerogativa "special right," from Latin praerogativa "prerogative, previous choice or election," originally (with tribus, centuria) "unit of 100 voters who by lot voted first in the Roman comita," noun use of fem. of praerogativus (adj.) "chosen to vote first," from praerogere "ask before others," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + rogare "to ask" (see rogation).

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