To disqualify or withdraw from a position of judging, as because of prejudice or personal interest.
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.
To disqualify or seek to disqualify (a judge or juror) from participation in the decision in a case, as for personal prejudice against a party or for personal interest in the outcome.
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.
Origin of recuse
- Middle English recusen from Old French recuser from Latin recūsāre re- re- causa cause
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition