What does recuse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recuseverb

    disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case

  2. recuseverb

    challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law


  1. recuseverb

    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 matter.


  1. recuseverb

    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.

  2. recuseverb

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Recuseverb

    To refuse. A juridicial word.

    Etymology: recuser, Fr. recuso, Lat.

    The humility, as well of understanding as manners of the fathers, will not let them be troubled, when they are recused as judges. Digby.

    A judge may proceed notwithstanding my appeal, unless I recuse him as a suspected judge. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. recuse

    Judicial disqualification, also referred to as recusal, is the act of abstaining from participation in an official action such as a legal proceeding due to a conflict of interest of the presiding court official or administrative officer. Applicable statutes or canons of ethics may provide standards for recusal in a given proceeding or matter. Providing that the judge or presiding officer must be free from disabling conflicts of interest makes the fairness of the proceedings less likely to be questioned.


  1. recuse

    Recuse is a verb that refers to the act of disqualifying or excusing oneself from a legal or official duty or responsibility, typically due to a conflict of interest or bias. By recusing oneself, an individual voluntarily removes themselves from a situation to ensure fairness, impartiality, and ethical conduct.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recuseverb

    to refuse or reject, as a judge; to challenge that the judge shall not try the cause

  2. Etymology: [F. rcuser, or L. recusare. See Recusant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recuse

    rē-kūz′, v.t. (law) to reject.—adj. Recū′sative.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of recuse in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    The attorney general says,' I'm going to recuse James Comey,' and I said, why the hell didn't he tell me that before I put him in ? how do you recuse yourself ?

  2. Rod Rosenstein:

    I've talked with Director Mueller about this, director Mueller's going to make the appropriate decisions, and if anything that I did winds up being relevant to Director Mueller investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will.

  3. Paul Ryan:

    I was the first Republican to call for the attorney general to recuse himself.

  4. James Thurber:

    She can't recuse herself [if she becomes president], whether it influences her decision making is questionable, but it is a legitimate thing to focus on by her political opposition.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    We've reached the point, after the events of this week, where it would be very difficult to maintain the credibility of the investigation if the chairman did not recuse himself from matters involving either the Trump campaign or the Trump transition team of which he was a member, the questions are profound enough that I think we need to move past it, and ideally that would mean the chairman ought to recuse himself, not only from the investigation involving potential coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but also any oversight of minimization issues affecting the Trump transition since he was a member of that Trump transition team.

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