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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈɹɒɡ.ə.tɪv/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹəˈɹɑɡ.ə.tɪv/, /pəˈɹɑ.ɡə.tɪv/
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prerogative (plural prerogatives)

  1. A hereditary or official right or privilege.
  2. A right, or power that is exclusive to a monarch etc, especially such a power to make a decision or judgement.
  3. A right, especially when due to one's position or role.
    • 2002, Patrick Robinson, The Shark Mutiny, page 48:
      "Ah, that's your prerogative as an Intelligence officer, Jimmy. But it's been your prerogative for weeks, months, and nothing has happened, as I told you [] "
    • 2004, Joel Osteen, Your best life now: 7 steps to living at your full potential, page 92:
      If you want to wear your hair a certain way, that's your prerogative. You don't have to check with all your friends to make sure it's okay.
    • 2005, Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate, page 56:
      If you choose another approach — that's your prerogative. But the problem is that parents often don't realize they're making the choice []
    • 2020 December 2, Andy Byford talks to Paul Clifton, “I enjoy really big challenges...”, in Rail, page 55:
      "I know what is important to Sadiq [Khan, London Mayor], and I know how to explain things to him in a way that maximises our chances of getting the right thing. If he chooses not to take my advice, that is absolutely his prerogative. But he gave me the job, and I intend to pay him back by delivering what he needs."
  4. A property, attribute or ability which gives one a superiority or advantage over others; an inherent advantage or privilege; a talent.



prerogative (comparative more prerogative, superlative most prerogative)

  1. Having a hereditary or official right or privilege.





prerogative f pl

  1. plural of prerogativa


Middle FrenchEdit


Either inherited from Old French prerogative or independently borrowed from Latin praerogativa.


prerogative f (plural prerogatives)

  1. prerogative; privilege


prerogative f sg

  1. feminine singular of prerogatif

Old FrenchEdit


First known attestation 1234 by Huon de Meri in Le tornoiement de l'Antéchrist. Borrowed from Latin praerogātīva (previous verdict; claim, privilege).


prerogative f (oblique plural prerogatives, nominative singular prerogative, nominative plural prerogatives)

  1. prerogative (right or privilege)