• WordNet 3.6
    • n prerogative a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right) "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prerogative 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. "The two faculties that are the prerogative of man -- the powers of abstraction and imagination.""An unconstitutional exercise of his prerogative ."
    • Prerogative Precedence; preëminence; first rank. "Then give me leave to have prerogative ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prerogative Called upon to vote first; having the right to vote first.
    • prerogative Entitled to precedence; superior.
    • prerogative Pertaining to, characteristic of, or held by prerogative or privileged right.
    • n prerogative The right of voting first; precedence in voting.
    • n prerogative A peculiar privilege; a characteristic right inhering in one's nature; a special property or quality.
    • n prerogative 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.
    • n prerogative Precedence; superiority in power, rank, or quality.
    • n prerogative In New Jersey, a court held by the chancellor sitting as ordinary in probate and similar causes.
    • prerogative To endow with a prerogative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prerogative prē-rog′a-tiv a peculiar privilege shared by no other: a right arising out of one's rank, position, or nature
    • adj Prerogative arising out of, or held by, prerogative
    • v.t Prerogative to endow with a prerogative
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  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.”
  • John J. Ingalls
    John J. Ingalls
    “In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
  • John Oxenham
    John Oxenham
    “Love ever gives. Forgives outlives. And ever stands with open hands. And while it lives, it gives. For this is love's prerogatives -- to give, and give, and give.”
  • Stanley Baldwin
    Stanley Baldwin
    “Power without responsibility -- the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prérogative, from L. praerogativa, precedence in voting, preference, privilege, fr. praerogativus, that is asked before others for his opinion, that votes before or first, fr. praerogare, to ask before another; prae, before + rogare, to ask. See Rogation


In literature:

By this Act sovereign powers were conferred upon William; he was in the name of the king to exercise all the prerogatives of a ruler.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
They asked for a reverence consistent with reason, and exercised prerogatives that let man free.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Difficulties and delays were properly put in the way of exercising such a prerogative.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
The knowledge of the heart is the prerogative of Deity.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
No work of art can be great, but as it deceives; to be otherwise is the prerogative of nature only.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Although, however, he declined to accept the post, he enjoyed all its authority and prerogative.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
The function and prerogative of making laws belonged to the burghers.
"Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)" by C. H. Thomas
Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
Here was a case where kingly prerogative did not avail.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Mercy resembles the prerogative of the judge to temper the law to suit individual cases.
"Success (Second Edition)" by Max Aitken Beaverbrook

In poetry:

Thought is our high prerogative,
Thro' which the soul may rise;
Escape its prisonhouse of clay,
And mount the azure skies.
"Address To Emma, On Her Departure For The Country" by Elizabeth Bath
“These for themselves. Content to give,
In their own lavish love complete,
Taking for sole prerogative
Their tendance sweet.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
All worship is prerogative, and a flower
Of his rich crown, from whom lyes no appeal
At the last houre:
Therefore we dare not from his garland steal,
To make a posie of inferiour power.
"To All Angels And Saints" by George Herbert
If heedless mortals only understood
What the prerogatives of real renown,
Hearing thee warble in umbrageous wood,
Or in the dingles of the rolling down,
It is thou, not I, that should
Wear the Crown.
"A Souless Singer" by Alfred Austin
Thus, only, man through imperfection gains
Perfection, try'd in dreadful scenes. To bring
Good out of ill is God's prerogative;
To manifest himself the final cause,
Wherefore to human lot such woes befell.
"Moral Evil No Accident" by Thomas Odiorne
I ask no dispensation now,
To falsify a tear, or sigh, or vow ;
I do not sue from thee to draw A non obstante on nature's law ;
These are prerogatives, they inhere In thee and thine ; none should forswear
Except that he Love's minion were.
"Love's Exchange" by John Donne

In news:

The '24' Absurd-o-Meter: It's a Scheming Bureaucrat 's Prerogative to Change His Mind.
Pass it on, but don't tell the justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court lest they get ideas about the prerogatives of an appellate court.
Residents of planned community at the mercy of bureaucratic prerogatives.
An LEOs Prerogative to Vent.
Parental Prerogative in Public Education.
The '24' Absurd-o-Meter: It's a Scheming Bureaucrat's Prerogative to Change His Mind.
Callahan Creek Debuts Prerogative Brand Arm.
Speaker Silver and Civil Rights Groups Defend Schneiderman's Prerogative .
The package is high-concept, high-tech razzle-dazzle: a superstar band shows off its big-budget prerogatives and flaunts its status as a consumer product.
BLUEFIELD — Donations ranging from toys and towels to food and treats are needed to help local animals in need as the fifth annual Prerogative Shelter Drive kicks off on Monday.
While the constitution gives the president the prerogative to name the prime minister, he cannot ignore the popular vote.
This will add a third drop-off site for the Prerogative shelter drive.
At least that is what Bluefield post officer workers Miriam Lewis and Mary Beth Price hope customers will do this week during the Sixth Annual Prerogative Shelter Drive.
BLUEFIELD — Residents across the two Virginias have a chance to make the holidays happy for animals in need throughout the region with the beginning of the Fifth annual Prerogative Pet Drive.
My Prerogative (Jive) Critically, what's there to say about a Britney Spears hits collection.

In science:

To conclude, in deterministic cryptography random numbers are the only part of the protocol which is different from point to point and furthermore their true randomness is sometimes a prerogative for correct calculations.
Quantum random number generators and their use in cryptography
The prerogative of observing the effect of the RG pulses throughout the light curve in U belongs mainly to systems which are seen nearly face-on, like AG Dra.
The symbiotic system AG Draconis. Soft X-ray bremsstrahlung from the nebulae
The first category corresponds to the large and luminous ellipticals, that are also predominantly boxy and triaxial, while the second category is the prerogative of the smaller ones, predominantly disky and oblate.
The Central Regions of the Galaxy and Galaxies: A Brief Summary
My best guess for the unification model (see text): the typical Seyfert 1 does not possess a torus (but a fraction Seyfert 1s with a torus are also expected), which is a prerogative of the typical Compton–thick Seyfert 2s.
X/gamma-ray spectra of Seyferts and BeppoSAX observations