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Prerogative, 1) preeminence, precedence, first rank: “executing the outward face of royalty with all p.” Tp. I, 2, 105. “then give me leave to have p.” Shr. III, 1, 6. “a very serious business calls on him. The great p. and right of love, which as your due time claims, he does acknowledge,” All's II, 4, 42. “our p. calls not your counsels,” Wint. II, 1, 163. “shall I detract so much from that p., as to be called but viceroy of the whole?” H6A V, 4, 142.
2) privilege: “my fortunes . . . give me this p. of speech,” Tw. II, 5, 78. “p. of age, crown, sceptres, laurels,” Troil. I, 3, 107. “insisting on the old p. and power,” Cor. III, 3, 17. Misapplied by Fluellen for rule, statute: H5 IV, 1, 67.
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