transitive verb (recused; recusing) Etymology: Middle English, to refuse, reject, from Anglo-French recuser, from Latin recusare Date: 1949 to disqualify (oneself) as judge in a particular case; broadly to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest • recusal noun

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  • recuse — re·cuse /ri kyüz/ vt re·cused, re·cus·ing [Anglo French recuser to refuse, from Middle French, from Latin recusare, from re back + causari to give a reason, from causa cause, reason] 1: to challenge or object to (as a judge) as having prejudice… …   Law dictionary

  • récusé — récusé, ée (ré ku zé, zée) part. passé de récuser. Un juré récusé par l accusé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • recuse — e*cuse (r?*k?z ), v. t. [F. r[ e]cuser, or L. recusare. See {Recusant}.] (Law) To refuse or reject, as a judge; to challenge that the judge shall not try the cause. [Obs.] Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recuse — e*cuse (r?*k?z ), v. i. To withdraw oneself from serving as a judge or other decision maker in order to avoid a real or apparent conflict of interest; often used with the reflexive; as, the judge recused himself due to a financial interest in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recuse — late 14c., to reject another s authority as prejudiced, from O.Fr. recuser (13c.), from L. recusare to refuse, make an objection, from re (see RE (Cf. re )) + causa (see CAUSE (Cf. cause)). The word now is used mostly reflectively. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recusé — Recusé, [recus]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • recuse — [ri kyo͞oz′] vt., vi. recused, recusing [ME recusen < MFr recuser < L recusare: see RECUSANT] to disqualify or withdraw from a position of judging, as because of prejudice or personal interest recusal n …   English World dictionary

  • recuse — [rɪ kju:z] verb chiefly N. Amer. & S. African challenge (a judge or juror) as unqualified to perform legal duties because of a possible lack of impartiality. ↘(recuse oneself) excuse oneself from a case for this reason. Derivatives recusal noun… …   English new terms dictionary

  • recuse — recusation /rek yoo zay sheuhn/, n. /ri kyoohz /, v., recused, recusing. v.t. 1. to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, esp. because of interest or bias. v.i. 2. to withdraw from a position of judging so as to avoid any …   Universalium

  • recuse — verb a) To refuse or reject (a judge); to challenge 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. b) To refuse to act as a judge; …   Wiktionary

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