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[ri-kyoo-zuh l]
noun Law.
  1. the disqualification of a judge for a particular lawsuit or proceeding, especially due to some possible conflict of interest or prejudice.
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Origin of recusal

First recorded in 1955–60; recuse + -al2
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Word Origin and History for recusal


1911; from recuse + -al (2). Earlier were recusancy (1560s), recusance (1590s).

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