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tr.v. re·cused, re·cus·ing, re·cus·es
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.

[Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, cause.]

re·cu′sal (-kyo͞o′zəl) n.


(Law) (tr; reflexive) to remove from participation in a court case due to potential prejudice or partiality
[C19: see recusant]



v.t. -cused, -cus•ing.
to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, esp. because of interest or bias.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French recuser < Latin recūsāre; see recusant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recuse - disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
disqualify - declare unfit; "She was disqualified for the Olympics because she was a professional athlete"
2.recuse - challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
reject - refuse to accept or acknowledge; "I reject the idea of starting a war"; "The journal rejected the student's paper"
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