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recuse

[ri-kyooz] /rɪˈkyuz/
verb (used with object), recused, recusing.
1.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.
verb (used without object), recused, recusing.
2.
to withdraw from a position of judging so as to avoid any semblance of partiality or bias.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English recusen < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant
Related forms
recusation
[rek-yoo-zey-shuh n] /ˌrɛk yʊˈzeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for recuses

recuse

/rəˈkjuːz; rɪˈkjuːz/
verb (US & Canadian, South African)
1.
(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 recuses

recuse

v.

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.

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