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From Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsō, recūsāre (“I refuse, decline; I object to; I protest”). The word ruse is possibly related to the aforementioned. See recusant. See more at cause, accuse, excuse.
- (transitive) To refuse or reject (a judge); to declare that the judge shall not try the case or is disqualified from acting.
- 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 from acting.
- The judge recused from the case, citing a possible conflict of interest.
- The usage examples mention a judge, however this is not limiting. A prosecuting or defending official (police or legal) can also recuse themselves or be recused for conflict of interest, as can a member of a jury.
To refuse or reject
To refuse to act as a judge; to declare oneself disqualified to act
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of recusar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of recusar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of recusar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of recusar