Define: Recall

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Recall

Quick Summary of Recall

A request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair).

What is the dictionary definition of Recall?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The action or fact of calling someone or something back.
  2. Memory; the ability to remember.
  3. information retrieval the fraction of (all) relevant material that is returned by a search


Full Definition of Recall

The term recall has a number of meanings.

A recall can be associated with a recall election, in which a public official can be removed from office before their term has expired by a vote of the people. During a recall, an elected official is retired by a vote of the electorate. Many states require the signing of a petition before allowing a recall election.

A recall also refers to a product recall, where an item that is discovered to have safety issues or a defect is returned to a manufacturer for repair, replacement or refund. A product recall is used to limit corporate exposure to liability and negative publicity.

There is also the recall associated with employment. A recall occurs when an individual who has been terminated due to layoff, is asked to return to regular employment during a recall period.


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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Recall. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. April 04, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Recall. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: April 04, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Recall. Retrieved April 04, 2020, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Recall are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th February 2020.