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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
Mass public demonstrations against the Court’s ruling emboldened the president to aggressively exploit executive prerogatives to fast-track the bill, leading to its approval in 2010.
Conservative activists have no interest in preserving these prerogatives.
But approval won’t mean automatic raises because the state has barred local wage prerogatives.
The president asserted his prerogative to order an FBI director to end any investigation for any reason at any time.
The group promotes Kremlin foreign policy prerogatives, and has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Though Billie Lourd and Taylor Lautner never officially confirmed their relationship status (which was totally their prerogative, BTW), the pair were total goals in basically every way.
As the best player in a league with overflowing revenues, that is his prerogative.
Another broadened the powers of the nation's Ombudsman, giving him the authority to carry out criminal investigations that until now had been the exclusive prerogative of Ortega's office.
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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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