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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.
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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  • Two other commissioners had recused themselves and the other two seats were vacant.
  • If she knew the family members, she should have recused herself from the story.
  • In the initial divorce proceedings, the trial judge recused himself based in part on friendship with the parties.
  • Meyer recused from voting on the motion and left the meeting for this part of the meeting.
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/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 recused



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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