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Definitions of prerogative

  1. An exclusive or peculiar privilege; prior and indefeasible right; fundamental and essential possession; -- used generally of an official and hereditary right which may be asserted without question, and for the exercise of which there is no responsibility or accountability as to the fact and the manner of its exercise. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. Precedence; preeminence; first rank. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A right or privilege that has always belonged to a person or class and that cannot be disputed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. An exclusive or peculiar privilege. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Peculiar privilege. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. An exclusive or peculiar right or privilege; the special rights or powers of a sovereign. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Pertaining to such a right or privilege. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for prerogative

  1. In spite of my desire to give public expression to my gratitude, they have refused to allow their names to appear in these pages, and they consequently enjoy the proud prerogative of being the only anonymous persons in this book. – The War of the Wenuses by C. L. Graves and E. V. Lucas
  2. The legislature has the right, and it is its prerogative if it chooses to exercise it, to declare what is reasonable. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard
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