Definition of 'prerogative'


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1. A hereditary or official right or privilege.

2. A right, generally

3. A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.

4. A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.

5. The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge.

6. An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. synonym: right.

7. (Eng. Law) a court which formerly had authority in the matter of wills and administrations, where the deceased left bona notabilia, or effects of the value of five pounds, in two or more different dioceses.

8. 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.

9. the office in which wills proved in the Prerogative Court were registered.

10. obsolete Precedence; preëminence; first rank.

11. In New Jersey, a court held by the chancellor sitting as ordinary in probate and similar causes.

12. The right of voting first; precedence in voting.

13. Precedence; superiority in power, rank, or quality.

14. Specifically, a privilege inherent in one's office or position; an official right; an exclusive or sovereign privilege, in theory subject to no restriction or interference, but practically often limited by other similar rights or prerogatives; more specifically still, the royal prerogative.

15. A peculiar privilege; a characteristic right inhering in one's nature; a special property or quality.

16. Having a hereditary or official right or privilege.

17. Of, arising from, or exercising a prerogative.


1. The government should not be able to change laws by the exercise of prerogative power.

2. The cruel exercise of the royal prerogative in 2004 banned them once again.

3. Throughout history we have been taken to war under the royal prerogative.

4. Post was the privilege and prerogative of emperors and oligarchs.

5. Therefore prerogative powers may not now be used.

6. Yet the courts must also heed the prerogative of governments to govern and not substitute judicial insight for executive policy.

7. That did not mean that the formulation or exercise of a prerogative power might not be susceptible to review on other grounds.

8. The royal prerogative is also being used to deny people a British passport.

9. It is a woman 's prerogative to choose.

10. A prerogative is a privilege of rank.

11. A royal charter is granted by the exercise of prerogative powers.

12. That is their prerogative and their right, and no country can exercise pressure or intimidation to sway it.

13. What's more, air guitar is no longer a male prerogative.

14. It's a woman 's prerogative not to answer that question!

15. Responsibility without power: the prerogative of the England manager through the ages.

16. For example, fringe theatre has given women a chance to direct plays - still largely a male prerogative.

17. NEWMYER: Well, a writ of mandamus is an ancient sort of common law, what we call a prerogative writ.

18. Faced with the intention of David Milliband to press on and attempt to ratify the first Lisbon Treaty through the House Of Lords today, Wednesday June 18th, Bill Cash made an application to the High Court yesterday that the royal prerogative is being used illegally.

19. Personal prerogative is lost amidst the world of law and order that ignores humans and humanity.

20. The issue of preventive war as a presidential prerogative is hardly new.

21. This question, divested of the phraseology calculated to represent me as struggling for an arbitrary personal prerogative, is either simply a question who shall decide, or an affirmation that nobody shall decide, what the public safety does require, in cases of Rebellion of Invasion.

22. Angels are grieved when God's prerogative is in the least infringed.

23. In the exercise of mercy, there should be no doubt left that the high prerogative is not used to relieve a few at the expense of the many.

24. Their leaders have learned the hard way that, within their well-managed tropical island states, no election verdict, no constitutional custom or habit, no parliament’s decision, no ordinary citizen’s commonplace prerogative is safe from an intrusive America whose caprices and policies are neither fairer, nor more predictable, nor more morally conscionable than the vagaries of hurricanes.

25. ‘The investment was heralded far and wide, and this Malaysian-based group was given privileges and prerogatives, including labour exemptions, apparently as part of the incentives for them to set up shop here.’

26. ‘Changing a future child's genetic makeup, and experimenting with the genetic legacy of humanity, fall outside any acceptable notion of individual rights or parental prerogatives.’

27. ‘The difference was that these middle-class Peruvians did not lose any prerogatives or privileges.’

28. ‘In India, the study of Sanskrit was denied to many segments of the Hindu population, as it was deemed to be a prerogative of only the privileged caste.’

29. ‘Previously, of course, literacy had been the exclusive prerogative of the clergy.’

30. ‘Luxury goods and activities which had been almost exclusively the prerogatives of the court and the very rich became available to anyone who could pay for them.’

31. ‘Leisure, they insisted, should remain the prerogative of the rich.’

32. ‘It's easier, probably a lot less risky, and takes full advantage of the prerogatives of office.’

33. ‘But this is, after all, an executive prerogative.’

34. ‘No longer the prerogative of middle class matrons or ladies who lunch, a fabulous range of facilities is right here in Glasgow.’

35. ‘Collecting, however, is not the prerogative of the rich.’

36. ‘The honey seems extraordinarily expensive, but then sweetness was a prerogative of the rich until the eighteenth century.’

37. ‘For in societies greatly marked by class prerogatives, style itself tends to become a competitive implement, as a privileged group may cultivate style to advertise its privileges and perpetuate them.’

38. ‘The birthright is the prerogative of the eldest son.’

39. ‘With the usual prerogative of the wealthy classes, he tended to choose doctors with a reputation for having studied some topics in greater detail than usual.’

40. ‘First, liberty is the prerogative of citizens, and a large majority of the population will not possess citizenship.’

41. ‘That is entirely within Dr Smith's prerogative, and no one else's.’

42. ‘The selection of candidates is a jealously guarded prerogative of the constituencies.’

43. ‘It is not the Chair's prerogative to determine the declaration of a vote.’

44. ‘As Mill put it, it is the right and prerogative of each person, once they have reached the maturity of their years, to interpret for themselves the meaning and value of their experiences.’

45. ‘Courtiers enforced them with impunity, since patents rested on royal prerogative - the common law courts lacked the power to vet them without royal assent.’

46. ‘His theory of democracy in which an assembly of citizens would exercise sovereign prerogative was clearly inadequate.’

47. ‘Power can be responsible, strong government can be democratic, and presidential prerogative can be constitutional.’

48. ‘That would be the Government's prerogative, and the Government's prerogative only.’

49. ‘Furthermore, constitutions often specify that the conduct of foreign policy is the government's prerogative.’

50. ‘In answering such a question, the executive enjoys no constitutional prerogative.’

51. ‘It is the Government's prerogative to make that decision.’

52. ‘But beyond the assertion of sovereign prerogative, there was also a thinly veiled message of contempt.’

53. ‘Browner had claimed an almost imperial prerogative to say her word was law.’

54. ‘The prerogative to nominate federal judges, including justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, is an important presidential power.’

55. ‘While this is perfectly within the government's prerogative, student leaders as well as the ousted members feel the Liberals acted without justification.’

56. ‘In the months leading up to the deadline, questions were revived about the power and prerogative of Congress to wage war.’

57. ‘‘Foreign policy is the prerogative of the federal government,’ says the German constitution, and such has been the standard practice up to now.’

58. ‘But I don't question the authority and prerogative of the president.’

59. ‘Inconsistency, after all, is the indispensable prerogative of great powers.’

60. ‘The taxation of transport and of sales of merchandise, for example, was the exclusive prerogative of the king and his agents until the middle of the ninth century.’

61. ‘Several people have criticized the conservatives who have questioned the wisdom of this nomination, pointing out that we have argued that Presidential prerogatives apply to executive appointments.’

62. ‘While admiration of the moon is a distinctive women's activity in a garden setting, this was not purely a female prerogative.’

63. ‘In contrast, the elegantly cultivated beard was long the prerogative of royalty and the privileged classes.’

64. ‘Query whether it is under the prerogative powers of the Crown.’

65. ‘The common law and the prerogative law does not tend to like absolutes.’

66. ‘Was this a prerogative act, such as only the Crown and its military servants could order and perform?’

67. ‘In the circumstances, I would refuse the applications for prerogative writs.’

68. ‘The applicant advanced a number of grounds in support of his claim for entitlement to prerogative relief.’

69. suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

Other users have misspelling prerogative as:

1. perogative 21.88%

2. prerrogativa 18.75%

3. prerogativa 6.25%

4. prerpgative 3.13%

5. perogotive 3.13%

6. Other 46.86%

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