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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
But hey, that’s his prerogative. There are rules obligating players speak with the media.
In the end, the selections are the prerogative of the chair.
My role as the last surviving detective grants me the prerogatives of rank and the duty to ascribe epitaph.
And why have so many women begun to feel entitled to the kind of behavior long accepted (albeit disapprovingly) as a male prerogative?
Few questioned the prerogative of the tsar to banish a rebellious underling.
Baumbach’s quasi-autobiographical premise simply reflects narcissism, privilege, and social prerogative in full force.
Most of the Republicans in Congress have little experience in crafting serious legislation, never mind asserting their first-branch prerogatives.
Some clients insist on saving for college and that is their prerogative.
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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
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