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Definition of Recall

Recall

  1. The right or procedure by which a public official, commonly a legislative or executive official, may be removed from office, before the end of his term of office, by a vote of the people to be taken on the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters.
  2. Short for recall of judicial decisions, the right or procedure by which the decision of a court may be directly reversed or annulled by popular vote, as was advocated, in 1912, in the platform of the Progressive party for certain cases involving the police power of the state.
  3. To call back; to summon to return; as, to recall troops; to recall an ambassador.
  4. To revoke; to annul by a subsequent act; to take back; to withdraw; as, to recall words, or a decree.
  5. To call back to mind; to revive in memory; to recollect; to remember; as, to recall bygone days.
  6. A calling back; a revocation.
  7. A call on the trumpet, bugle, or drum, by which soldiers are recalled from duty, labor, etc.

Recall Quotations

Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!
John Irving

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Charles Dickens

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Dante Alighieri

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Lewis B. Smedes

Growing up in the days when you still had to punch buttons to make a telephone call, I could recall the numbers of all my close friends and family. Today, I'm not sure if I know more than four phone numbers by heart. And that's probably more than most.
Joshua Foer
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Recall Translations

recall in Afrikaans is onthou
recall in Danish is huske
recall in Dutch is zich herinneren, gedenken, onthouden
recall in Finnish is muistaa
recall in French is rappelons
recall in Italian is ricordare
recall in Latin is recolo, recordatio, memoria, repeto, recognosco
recall in Spanish is amonestar
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