Recuse meaning

rĭ-kyo͝oz'
To disqualify or withdraw from a position of judging, as because of prejudice or personal interest.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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(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.

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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