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.

1350–1400; Middle English recusen < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant

recusation [rek-yoo-zey-shuhn] , noun Unabridged
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recuse (rəˈkjuːz, rɪˈkjuːz)
(tr; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
[C19: see recusant]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to reject another's authority as prejudiced," from O.Fr. recuser (13c.), from L. recusare "to refuse, make an objection," from re- + causa (see cause). The word now is used mostly reflectively.
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Example sentences
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.
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