AskDefine | Define prerogative

Dictionary Definition

prerogative n : a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males" [syn: privilege, perquisite, exclusive right]

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English

Noun

  1. A hereditary or official right or privilege.
  2. A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.

Translations

A hereditary or official right or privilege
A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc,

Adjective

prerogative
  1. Having such a right.

Translations

Extensive Definition

A Prerogative is an exclusive legal right given from a government or state and invested in an individual or group, the content of which is separate from the body of rights enjoyed under the general law of the normative state. It was a common facet of Feudal law.
In modern popular culture usage, the word prerogative has come to mean the egalitarian condition of the right for anyone's own self-determination, e.g. that it is "one's prerogative" to do as they please.

See also

prerogative in German: Prärogative
prerogative in Macedonian: Прерогатив
prerogative in Polish: Prerogatywa
prerogative in Ukrainian: Прерогатива

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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