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An exclusive privilege. The special power or peculiar right possessed by an official by virtue of his or her office. In English Law, a discretionary power that exceeds and is unaffected by any other power; the special preeminence that the monarch has over and above all others, as a consequence of his or her sovereignty.

The term prerogative is occasionally used by writers of law to refer to the object over which royal powers are exercised, such as fiscal prerogatives, which are the revenues of the king or queen.


noun advantage, authority, benefit, charter, claim, droit, due, exclusive privilege, exclusive right, franchise, freedom, grant, inalienable right, legal power, liberty, license, perquisite, power, preference, prior right, priority, privilege, right, rightful power, sanction, special right, title, vested right, warrant
Associated concepts: managerial prerogative, prerogative writ
See also: authority, birthright, capacity, droit, enjoyment, franchise, freedom, impunity, liberty, license, option, prescription, privilege, right, suffrage, title, use



PREROGATIVE, civil law. The privilege, preeminence, or advantage which one person has over another; thus a person vested with an office, is entitled to all the rights, privileges, prerogatives, &c. which belong to it.

PREROGATIVE, English law. The royal prerogative is an arbitrary power vested in the executive to do good and not evil. Rutherf. Inst. 279; Co. Litt. 90; Chit. on Prerog.; Bac. Ab. h.t.

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When the date falls on the recognised Remembrance Sunday it is the accepted perogative that the Armistice parade and service is arranged by the town's Royal British Legion branch and a recent meeting between the branch officials, the Armistice group and senior RBL county officials have confirmed the planned detail with the Armistice Group giving any help that may be required by the legion.
But the gaffer picks the panel and at the end of the day it's his perogative.
They had a young lad signed for them who Joe wanted to give a chance and that's his perogative," said Powell, who came back to join Sligo Rovers before moving to the Hoops for last season.
It's Pearcey's perogative to agree a deal with the club or not.
Using Royal perogative, the government is rushing legislation into place, authorised by home secretary Charles Clarke.
Everton spokesman Ian Ross said: ``The shareholders association is a democratic body and they have seen fit to make changes, which is their perogative.
He's obviously looking for a way to deal with our mobility and that's his perogative.
This is her perogative and I applaud her determination to put her desperately unhappy past to rest.
Killen refused to comment but Collins said: "Chris is in the last year of his contract and it's the player's perogative to wait.
People might feel that we can drop down and just playing young lads but that's their perogative - I have my own view.
He said: "If we lose in both competitions and people say it's been a season then that's their perogative.
It's great that the team has that kind of ethic -if one of ours is attacked, we defend him -that's their perogative.