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prerogative

noun [C usually singular]     /prɪˈrɒɡ.ə.tɪv/ US  /-ˈrɑː.ɡə.t̬ɪv/ formal
something that certain people are able or allowed to do or have, but is not possible or allowed for everyone: Alex makes all the big decisions - that's his prerogative as company director. Skiing used to be the prerogative of the rich, but now a far wider range of people do it. the Royal Prerogative (= the special rights of the ruling king or queen)Allowing and permitting
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