- Recuse is defined as to withdraw from the decision making process because of personal interest or unfairness.
An example of recuse is a judge being removed from a court case because she dated the defendant.
recuse definition by Webster's New World
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- recusal noun
recuse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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transitive verb re·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
To disqualify or seek to disqualify from participation in a decision on grounds such as prejudice or personal involvement.
Origin: Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, cause.
recuse - Legal Definition
To remove as a judge from a trial or hearing, because of bias, prejudice, or an interest in the matter being decided; to object to or challenge the qualifications of a judge to hear a case due to a possible conflict of interest.