What does the word prerogative mean?

Usage examples for prerogative

  1. The exercise of its prerogative, and its ambition as a body, leading it to oppose itself to the strong and support the weak, it served by turns the crown against the aristocracy and the nation against the crown. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
  2. It is the one prerogative of virtue that I really envy. – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens
  3. No such doubt attaches to the very curious and interesting volume published nominally at Middelburg in 1628, and entitled The Prerogative of Parliament. – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse