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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: prérogative, from Latin praerogativus 'voting first in a Roman election', from rogare 'to ask'

prerogative

noun
     
pre‧rog‧a‧tive [countable usually singular]
a right that someone has, especially because of their importance or social position
prerogative of
Education was once the prerogative of the elite.
Arriving late is a woman's prerogative.
the royal prerogative (=the rights of kings and queens)

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