Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. refusal
  • n. The act of disqualifying a judge or jury in a specific case on the grounds of possible partiality or prejudice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Refusal.
  • n. The act of refusing a judge or challenging that he shall not try the cause, on account of his supposed partiality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, the interposition of an objection or challenge for cause to a judge or arbitrator, or to an expert-appointed by a court; also, the objection or challenge so presented.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) an objection grounded on the judge's relationship to one of the parties
  • n. (law) the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest; a judge can be recused by objections of either party or judges can disqualify themselves

Etymologies

Latin recusatio: compare French récusation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And although I loathe subtitles, I felt they added, rather than subtracted, because the dialogue had to be simplified ... which fit in perfectly with the story. and the therefore cannot directly comment on the film itself (a recusation based on fundamental common sense that I wish other posters would heed in their knee-jerk and uninformed critiques of certain films and shows and musical genres that they're not really even familiar with).

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