- 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.
transitive verbre·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
Origin of recuseMiddle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, cause.
(third-person singular simple present recuses, present participle recusing, simple past and past participle recused)
- To refuse or reject (a judge); to declare that the judge shall not try the case or is disqualified to act.
- The judge recused herself from that case, citing a possible conflict of interest.
- (intransitive, of a judge) To refuse to act as a judge; to declare oneself disqualified to act.
- The judge recused from the case, citing a possible conflict of interest.
recuse - Legal Definition