prerogative

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pre·rog·a·tive

noun \pri-ˈrä-gə-tiv\

: a right or privilege; especially : a special right or privilege that some people have

Full Definition of PREROGATIVE

1
a :  an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege: as (1) :  one belonging to an office or an official body (2) :  one belonging to a person, group, or class of individuals (3) :  one possessed by a nation as an attribute of sovereignty
b :  the discretionary power inhering in the British Crown
2
:  a distinctive excellence
pre·rog·a·tived \-tivd\ adjective

Examples of PREROGATIVE

  1. If you'd rather sell the tickets than use them, that's your prerogative.
  2. It's a writer's prerogative to decide the fate of her characters.
  3. That sense that the future may not last for long is often assumed to be a prerogative of youth, the dialectical complement of another misconception the young are noted for—the conviction that they are immortal. —Thomas M. Disch, Atlantic, February 1992

Origin of PREROGATIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin praerogativa, Roman century voting first in the comitia, privilege, from feminine of praerogativus voting first, from praerogatus, past participle of praerogare to ask for an opinion before another, from prae- + rogare to ask — more at right
First Known Use: 15th century

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