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    Origin of the word prerogative

    Where did the word prerogative originate from? The questions stems from the spelling: pre-rogative. Thank you.

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    pre·rog·a·tive (pri-rog'ə-tiv)
    An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group, especially a hereditary or official right. See synonyms at right.
    The exclusive right and power to command, decide, rule, or judge: the principal's prerogative to suspend a student.
    A special quality that confers superiority.
    Of, arising from, or exercising a prerogative.

    [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praerogativa, feminine of praerogativus, asked first, from praerogatus, past participle of praerogare, to ask before : prae-, pre- + rogare, to ask.]

    pre·rog'a·tived adj.
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