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Definition of 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

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.
Gretchen Rubin

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
Hamlin Garland

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

Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of His love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him.
Saint Teresa of Avila

As an adolescent, I went to charm school, where I learned to pour tea and relate to boys, which, as I recall, meant giving them the pickle jar to unscrew, whether it was too hard for me or not.
Sue Monk Kidd
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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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