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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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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.
The captaincy is the new manager's perogative, but wveryone is more worried about being in the squad for the Scotland game, we have to prove ourselves again.
I'm led to believe he has been offered a two and a half year deal elsewhere - that's his perogative.
Obviously Hearts made it really difficult for us, but that's their perogative to play like that.
It is my perogative as manager of Celtic to make changes.
Paul has said he won't sign a new deal with us and that's his perogative but I still think he's a bit young to be thinking that way.
Derek Townsley has also been getting it in recent weeks but that's the fans' perogative.
Hearts boss Jefferies said: "We want Paul to stay but he wants to weigh up his options which is his perogative.