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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Perquisite  \Per"qui*site\,  n.  [L.  perquisitum  fr  perquisitus 
  p.  p.  of  perquirere  to  ask  for  diligently;  per  +  quaerere  to 
  seek.  See  {Per-},  and  {Quest}.] 
  1.  Something  gained  from  a  place  or  employment  over  and  above 
  the  ordinary  salary  or  fixed  wages  for  services  rendered; 
  especially,  a  fee  allowed  by  law  to  an  officer  for  a 
  specific  service. 
  The  pillage  of  a  place  taken  by  storm  was  regarded 
  as  the  perquisite  of  the  soldiers.  --Prescott. 
  The  best  perquisites  of  a  place  are  the  advantages 
  it  gaves  a  man  of  doing  good.  --Addison. 
  2.  pl  (Law)  Things  gotten  by  a  man's  own  industry,  or 
  purchased  with  his  own  money,  as  opposed  to  things  which 
  come  to  him  by  descent.  --Mozley  &  W. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  incidental  benefit  awarded  for  certain  types  of 
  employment  (especially  if  it  is  regarded  as  a  right);  "a 
  limousine  is  one  of  the  fringe  benefits  of  the  job" 
  [syn:  {fringe  benefit},  {perk}] 
  2:  a  right  reserved  exclusively  by  a  particular  person  or  group 
  (especially  a  hereditary  or  official  right);  "suffrage  was 
  the  prerogative  of  white  adult  males"  [syn:  {prerogative}, 
  {privilege},  {exclusive  right}] 

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