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pri ro guh tiv

  • n  a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
    suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males

  • It is the prerogative of the ruling party to nominate the Governors of the various states.
  • Lovers were once only a rich man's prerogative, but in today's urban China, married women like Zhu want it all, too.
  • And so, whether a touch or a nod or a gaze, royal favor, like that of God, is not a subject's on demand; it is dispensed by kingly prerogative.
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  • Fred Fielding in ABC News
    This "bedrock presidential prerogative" exists, in part, to protect the president from being compelled to disclose such communications to Congress, Fielding argued.
  • Christian Prudhomme in El Paso Times
    We cannot say that Rasmussen cheated, but his flippancy and his lies on his whereabouts had become unbearable,Tour director Christian Prudhomme told the Associated Press. "The team decided to pull him out; that's their prerogative. I can...
  • Henry Waxman in Bloomberg
    It is not your client's prerogative to dictate who attends or does not attend the hearing,Waxman said in his letter.

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