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a power, privilege, or immunity restricted to a sovereign or sovereign government
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Russian, prerogativa), an exclusive right belonging to some state body or official. An example of a prerogative is the right of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to pass laws of the USSR. The Supreme Soviet’s prerogatives include the ratification of the USSR’s national economic plan and the state budget, as well as the report on the execution of the budget. The Supreme Soviet also has the prerogative to admit new Union republics to the USSR.

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"A denizen, (says Sir William Blackstone) is an alien born, but who has obtained, ex donatione regis, letters patent to make him an English subject; a high and incommunicable branch of the royal perogative. A denizen is a kind of middle state between an alien and a natural born subject, and partakes of both of them." -- I Sharswood's Bl.
The will of Parliament would be circumvented rather than reversed by Crown perogative. After what the Economist called 'a week of legal chicanery and sheer loony mayem in Parliament', the government had found its escape hatch.
Fortunately, good management is not the perogative of any single nationality or culture.
The basis of the relative health advantage of whites is not to be found in their genes but in the relative material advantage whites enjoy as a consequence of political perogative and state power.
And if you see a woman wearing a short skirt or a low cut top, it's not your perogative to go over there and start a-flirting and a-grabbing and a-what not.
Okay, you are using your perogative to back McClaren.
After the feminist outrage in the 1970s over giving hurricanes and typhoons women's names (which suggested that irrational and freak behaviour was a female perogative), male names are also used.
Please allow me to provide specific details, so that you can either pursue your professional perogative, and seek to rectify these difficulties - or more likely (I suspect) so that you can have some entertaining reading material as you while away the working day smoking B&H and drinking vendor-coffee on the bog in your office.
The top ten from Liverpool HMV this week is: 1 Vertigo U2 2 Lose My Breath Destiny's Child 3 Curtain Falls Blue 4 Just Lose It Eminem 5 Hungry Eyes Eye Opener 6 Out Of The Blue Delta Goodrem 7 At The Weekend Michael Gray 8 Wonderful Ja Rule 9 Everlasting Love Jamie Cullum 10 My Perogative Britney Spears Win a chart album of your choice by telling me the name of U2's lead singer.
Yet the majority of the protests I and many others have attended have not been supported by the trade unions (and that is their perogative).