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[ri-kyoo-zuh l] /rɪˈkyu zəl/
noun, Law.
the disqualification of a judge for a particular lawsuit or proceeding, especially due to some possible conflict of interest or prejudice.
Origin of recusal
1955-60; recuse + -al2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the same time, an adverse recusal ruling won't close the door to the misconduct complaint process altogether.
  • The judge asks what recusal or disclosure responsibilities he/she has, should that law clerk subsequently appear before the judge.
Word Origin and History for recusal

1911; from recuse + -al (2). Earlier were recusancy (1560s), recusance (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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