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A Prerogative is an exclusive legal right given from a government or state and invested in an individual or group, the content of which is separate from the body of rights enjoyed under the general law of the normative state. It was a common facet of Feudal law. For the direction right, see left and right or starboard. ... Feudal law describes a political system which placed men and estates under the hierarchical distinctions of lords and vassals. Feudalism refers to the relations and interdependence between lord and vassal, based on the fief, or ownership of land. ...


In modern popular culture usage, the word prerogative has come to mean the egalitarian condition of the right for anyone's own self-determination, e.g. that it is "one's prerogative" to do as they please. This is quite contrary to, and even the opposite of its proper usage and true meaning - that of a right bestowed from above quite apart from one's own self-determination, in contrast to the rights shared by others (i.e. anti-egalitarian). Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in any given society. ... Egalitarianism is the moral doctrine that equality ought to prevail among some group along some dimension. ... Self-determination is a principle in international law that a people ought to be able to determine their own governmental forms and structure free from outside influence. ...


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Prerogative - LoveToKnow 1911 (2488 words)
The prerogative of conferring honours is generally (though not necessarily) exercised by the king in person, as in the case of investment with knighthood and military or civil decorations.
Parts of the prerogative - generally in the nature of profit, and so in derogation of the revenue of the Crown - may be 1 There is no difference in the prerogative as exercised by a king or a queen regnant, so that the word "king" in its constitutional sense includes queen.
The king is exempt from taxation on the ground that, as the revenue of the realm is his prerogative, it is useless for him to tax himself.
Royal Prerogative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1735 words)
The Royal Prerogative is a body of customary authority, privilege, and immunity, recognised in common law jurisdictions possessing a monarchy as belonging to the Crown alone.
Former left wing Labour MP Tony Benn campaigned for the abolition of the Royal Prerogative in the United Kingdom in the 1990s, arguing that all governmental powers in effect exercised on the advice of the Prime Minister and cabinet should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and require parliamentary approval.
Joseph Chitty, The Prerogatives of the Crown (monograph from 1820)
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