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[ri-kyooz] /rɪˈkyuz/
verb (used with object), recused, recusing.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.
verb (used without object), recused, recusing.
to withdraw from a position of judging so as to avoid any semblance of partiality or bias.
Origin of recuse
1350-1400; Middle English recusen < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant
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[rek-yoo-zey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recuse
  • If the reviewer has a conflict, they should recuse themselves.
  • Twelve years later, such a case came up, but he forgot to recuse himself.
  • He also said he will consider any requests from lawyers in the obscenity case asking him to recuse himself.
  • He also indicated that he might seek to have the judge recuse himself.
  • From the posts, it appears reasonable to recuse yourself from reviewing the paper.
  • In any other arena, decision makers would have to recuse themselves from such actions.
  • Ministers do not recuse themselves from decisions that might affect their family's businesses.
  • You'd think she be polite and her recuse herself from the whole sordid affair.
  • That's why officials recuse themselves when their impartiality might reasonably be questioned.
  • The presiding judge does not recuse himself, but transfers sentencing to another judge.
British Dictionary definitions for recuse


/rəˈkjuːz; rɪˈkjuːz/
verb (US & Canadian, South African)
(transitive; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
Word Origin
C19: see recusant
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Word Origin and History for recuse

late 14c., "to reject another's authority as prejudiced," from Old French recuser (13c.), from Latin recusare "make an objection against; decline, refuse, reject; be reluctant to," from re- (see re-) + causa (see cause (n.)). Specifically, in law, "reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act." The word now is used mostly reflectively. Related: Recused; recusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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