from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To disqualify or seek to disqualify from participation in a decision on grounds such as prejudice or personal involvement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To refuse or reject (a judge); to declare that the judge shall not try the case or is disqualified to act.
- v. To refuse to act as a judge; to declare oneself disqualified to act.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To refuse or reject, as a judge; to challenge that the judge shall not try the cause.
- intransitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To refuse; reject; specifically, in law, to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act.
- n. In numismatics, a coin which, owing to the shifting of the die or dies, has been struck twice and thus bears a double impression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
- v. challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
Middle English recusen, from Old French recuser, from Latin recūsāre : re-, re- + causa, cause.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)