Definitions of prerogative

  1. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. Precedence; preeminence; first rank. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. Pertaining to such a right or privilege. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. An exclusive or peculiar privilege. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Peculiar privilege. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A peculiar right or privilege, as of a king. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. An exclusive or peculiar privilege attached to a certain dignity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. 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.
  11. baeher's Estate. 168 Pa. 158, 32 Atl. 30; Cum- rnings v. Dearborn, 56 Vt. 441; State v. French, 120 ind. 220, 22 N. E. 108. The word is also used to denote the subject-matter insured in a policy. 4 Canipb. 80. Iu equity pleading. The stating part of a bill. It contains a narrative of the facts and circumstances of the plaintiff's case, and the wrongs of which he complains, and the names ol' the persons by whom done and against whom he seeks redress. Story, Eq. PI. thelawdictionary.org
  12. pr[=e]-rog'a-tiv, n. a peculiar privilege shared by no other: a right arising out of one's rank, position, or nature.--adj. arising out of, or held by, prerogative.--v.t. to endow with a prerogative.--adj. PREROG'ATIVED (Shak.), having a prerogative or exclusive privilege.--adv. PREROG'ATIVELY, by prerogative or exclusive privilege.--PREROGATIVE COURT, formerly a court having jurisdiction over testamentary matters.--ROYAL PREROGATIVE, the rights which a sovereign has by right of office, which are different in different countries. [Fr.,--L. prærogativus, that is asked before others for his opinion or vote--præ, before, rog[=a]re, -[=a]tum, to ask.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. (Also royal p.) right of the sovereign, theoretically subject to no restriction; peculiar right or privilege, as it is our p. to (do), we have the p. of (doing), the p. of (right to show) mercy; natural or divinely-given advantage, privilege, or faculty, as it is the p. of man to drink without thirst; (pedantic) right of giving first vote and thus influencing those that follow; (Hist.) p. court, archbishop\'s court for probate of wills &c.; (adj.) privileged, enjoyed by privilege, (Rom. Hist.) having the right to vote first. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Latin] An exclusive or peculiar privilege ; right ; immunity. Cabinet Dictionary