from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. See Synonyms at right.
- n. The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge: the principal's prerogative to suspend a student.
- n. A special quality that confers superiority.
- adj. Of, arising from, or exercising a prerogative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hereditary or official right or privilege.
- n. A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.
- n. A right, generally
- n. A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.
- adj. Having a hereditary or official right or privilege.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Precedence; preëminence; first rank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Called upon to vote first; having the right to vote first.
- Entitled to precedence; superior.
- Pertaining to, characteristic of, or held by prerogative or privileged right.
- n. The right of voting first; precedence in voting.
- n. A peculiar privilege; a characteristic right inhering in one's nature; a special property or quality.
- n. 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. Precedence; superiority in power, rank, or quality.
- n. In New Jersey, a court held by the chancellor sitting as ordinary in probate and similar causes.
- To endow with a prerogative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praerogātīva, feminine of praerogātīvus, asked first, from praerogātus, past participle of praerogāre, to ask before : prae-, pre- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Anglo-Norman noun prerogative, from Latin praerogātīva ("previous verdict; claim, privilege"), noun use of the feminine singular of praerogātīvus ("having first vote; privileged"). (Wiktionary)