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privilege (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:

privileges

Type of:

right » abstraction » conception » idea

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

(recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from Old French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of privilege...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Exclusive right

a de facto, non-tangible prerogative existing in law to perform an action or acquire a benefit and to permit or deny others the right to perform the same action or to acquire the same benefit. A "prerogative" is in effect an exclusive right. The term... (45 of 463 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Exclusive right

Wiktionary:

power | powered [past tense] | powering [present participle] | powers [3rd-person singular present] | exclusive right [law] | exclusive rights [plural, law] | powre [obsolete, sense-specific] | energy [synonym, sense-specific] | force [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[countable] Capability or influence. | [uncountable] Physical force or strength. | Control, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction). | [uncountable] Electricity or a supply of electricity. | [uncountable, physics] A measure of the rate of doing ... (31 of 301 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/power

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

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

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:

privilege

First use: mid-12th century

Origin: (recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from Old French privilege (12th century), from Latin privilegium "law applying ... (23 of 35 etymology words)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

privilege | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle] | privileges [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prīvilēgium, a law affecting one person: prīvus, single, alone; see ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/privilege

Wiktionary:

privilege | privileges [plural] | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle]

Origin: Old French privilege, from Latin privilegium ("an ordinance or law against or in favor of an individual"), from privus ("private") + lēx, legis ("law").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/privilege

Collins Dictionary:

privilege

First use: 12th century

Origin: from Old French privilēge, from Latin prīvilēgium law relevant to rights of an individual, from prīvus an individual + lēx law

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

New World Dictionary:

privilege | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle]

Origin: Old French from Latin privilegium, an exceptional law for or against any individual from privus, "private" + lex (generally legis), law: see "legal"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/privilege

Oxford Dictionary:

privilege | absolute privilege

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin privilegium "bill or law affecting an individual", from privus "private" + lex, leg- "law"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/privilege

Merriam-Webster:

privilege [entry 1, noun]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin privilegium law for or against a private person, from privus private + leg-, lex law

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

Encarta Dictionary:

privilege | privileges [plural] | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: French from Latin privilegium "private law" from privus "single, isolated" + leg- "law"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736833​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

privilege | privileges [plural] | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "privilege"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/privilege

Collins Dictionary:

privilege

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "privilege"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

privilege | privileges [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "privilege"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

privilege | privileges [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "privilege"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

privilege

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "privilege"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "privilege"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/privilege

the Free Dictionary:

privilege

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "privilege"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "privilege"

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

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/privilege

Google Dictionary:

privilege | privileges [plural] | privileged [past tense] | privileging [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "privilege"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=privilege

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

privilege

Audio: North American pronunciation of "privilege"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=privil​01 word=privilege

YourDictionary Audio:

privilege

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/privilege

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