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Examples of prerogative in a Sentence
- 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
- More important than any of this, he offered himself as an incarnation of constitutional propriety so that, temperamentally stubborn, he was careful never to exceed the limits of a prerogative overexploited by the later Stuarts. —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988
- The secularization of the Presidency is indispensable for the reassertion of congressional and popular prerogative. —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History, 1986
If you'd rather sell the tickets than use them, that's your prerogative.
It's a writer's prerogative to decide the fate of her characters.
Recent Examples of prerogative from the Web
The bill passed 36-7 with little discussion, despite arguments among lawmakers, patient advocates and hospital executives over what rights should be ensured by state law and what should be left to caregivers’ prerogative.
Neither Holland or Ilitch are talking to the media, which is their prerogative.
That's Calipari's prerogative, but the Wildcats lost their first true road game in six of his previous eight seasons.
Butt kicking: If Silvertips winger Dawson Butt wants to start a fight with Conor MacEachern in the future, that's his prerogative and good luck with that.
If a lifelong hunter is happy to score a free NRA membership but has no interest in paying attention to the wishes of a meddling billionaire who funds it, that’s his prerogative.
Inevitably, other staff members were jealous of the family prerogatives with the president and Kelly’s efforts to make them into just another couple of staff members also inevitably fell short.
This includes law enforcement (the FBI), the Justice Department, an independent and free press, the prerogatives of the opposition party, and regular order in the Congress.
Huang stresses the class subtext underlining Kevin's womanizing which Belly Button bitterly envies as a prerogative of the elite (cue a scene when the U.S.-educated Kevin switches into English to impress a student-cum-escort).
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Did You Know?
In ancient Rome, voting at legal assemblies was done by group, with the majority in a group determining its vote. The group chosen to vote first on an issue was called the "praerogativa" (that term traces to a verb meaning "to ask for an opinion before another"). Because the first vote was considered to be of great importance, Latin speakers also used the noun "praerogativa" to mean "preference" and later "privilege." As "praerogativa" passed through Anglo-French and Middle English, its spelling shifted to create the noun we know today.
Origin and Etymology of prerogative
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PREROGATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prerogative for English Language Learners
: a right or privilege; especially : a special right or privilege that some people have
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