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prerogatives

prerogatives is a plural form of prerogative

prerogative

Definition:

a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Plural:

prerogatives

Type of:

right » abstraction » conception » idea

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

Etymology:

"special right or privilege granted to someone", about 1400 (in Anglo-Latin from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

prerogative

an exclusive privilege or right exercised by a person or group of people holding a particular office or hereditary rank | any privilege or right | a ... (25 of 440 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prerogative

Merriam-Webster:

prerogative | appanage [synonym, sense-specific] | birthright [synonym, sense-specific] | right [synonym, sense-specific] | call [similar, sense-specific] | dibs [similar, sense-specific] | due [similar, sense-specific] | entitlement [similar, sense-specific] | perquisite [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an exclusive or special right, power, or privilege: as ; one belonging to ... | a distinctive excellence (17 of 285 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prerogative

Wikipedia:

Prerogative

an exclusive right given from a government or state and invested in an individual or group, the content of which is separate from the body of rights enjoyed under the general law of the normative state. It was a common facet of feudal law. The word is ... (47 of 240 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Prerogative

Oxford Dictionary:

prerogative | royal prerogative

a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class | the right of the sovereign, which in British law is theoretically subject to no ... (25 of 175 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prerogative

Wiktionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural] | prærogative [obsolete, sense-specific]

A hereditary or official right or privilege. | A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement. | A right, generally | A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or ... (42 of 113 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prerogative

Random House Dictionary:

prerogative | precedence [obsolete, synonym, sense-specific]

an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank, office, or the like. | a right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to ... (25 of 96 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/prerogative

American Heritage Dictionary:

prerogative | prerogatived [adjective, related]

An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. | The exclusive right and power to command, ... (24 of 93 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prerogative

Cambridge Dictionary:

prerogative [formal]

something which some people are able or allowed to do or have, but which is not possible or allowed for everyone (21 of 72 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prerogative

New World Dictionary:

prerogative

a prior or exclusive right or privilege, especially one peculiar to a rank, class, etc. | a distinctively superior advantage | [obsolete] priority or ... (22 of 58 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prerogative

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prerogative [countable, formal] | prerogatives [plural]

a right that a particular person or group has (9 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prerogative

Britannica Encyclopedia:

right [political philosophy]

portion of the political spectrum associated with conservative political thought. The term derives from the seating arrangement of the French ... (20 of 68 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1384947​/right

Columbia Encyclopedia:

right

in politics, the more conservative groups in the political spectrum, in contrast to the radical left and the liberal center. The designation stems ... (23 of 59 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0841902​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural]

an exclusive privilege or right enjoyed by a person or group occupying a particular rank or position | a privilege or right that allows a particular ... (25 of 145 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737184​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

prerogative

Origin: "special right or privilege granted to someone", about 1400 (in Anglo-Latin from late 13th century), from Old French prerogative (14th ... (20 of 71 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=prerogative

Merriam-Webster:

prerogative

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin praerogativa, Roman century voting first in the comitia, privilege, from ... (21 of 44 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prerogative

Oxford Dictionary:

prerogative | royal prerogative

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin praerogativa '(the verdict of) the political division which was chosen to vote first in the ... (23 of 37 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prerogative

American Heritage Dictionary:

prerogative

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praerogātīva, feminine of praerogātīvus, asked first, from praerogātus, past ... (16 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prerogative

New World Dictionary:

prerogative

Origin: Middle English prerogatif from Middle French from Latin praerogativa, called upon to vote first from praerogare, to ask before ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prerogative

Wiktionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural]

Origin: the Anglo-Norman noun prerogative, from Latin praerogātīva ("previous verdict; claim, privilege"), noun use of the feminine singular of praerogātīvus ("having first vote; privileged").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prerogative

Collins Dictionary:

prerogative

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin praerogātīva privilege, earlier: group with the right to vote first, from prae before + rogāre to ask, beg for

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prerogative

Encarta Dictionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin praerogativa from praerogare "ask first" from rogare "ask"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737184​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prerogative"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prerogative

Collins Dictionary:

prerogative

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prerogative"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prerogative

Cambridge Dictionary:

prerogative [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prerogative"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "prerogative"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prerogative

Macmillan American Dictionary:

prerogative [countable, formal] | prerogatives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prerogative"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/prerogative

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prerogative [countable, formal] | prerogatives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prerogative"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prerogative

the Free Dictionary:

prerogative

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "prerogative"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "prerogative"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "prerogative" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/prerogative

Google Dictionary:

prerogative | prerogatives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "prerogative"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

prerogative

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prerogative"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=prerog​01 word=prerogative

YourDictionary Audio:

prerogative

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prerogative" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prerogative

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