What does recourse mean?

Definitions for recourse
ˈri kɔrs, -koʊrs, rɪˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrsre·course

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recourse, resort, refugenoun

    act of turning to for assistance

    "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"

  2. recourse, refuge, resortnoun

    something or someone turned to for assistance or security

    "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"


  1. recoursenoun

    The act of seeking assistance or advice.

  2. recourseverb

    To return; to recur.

    The flame departing and recoursing. uE000183486uE001 Foxe.

  3. Etymology: From recours < recursus, past participle of recurro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recoursenoun

    Etymology: recursus, Lat. recours, Fr.

    Not Priamus and Hecuba on knees,
    Their eyes o’ergalled with recourse of tears. William Shakespeare.

    Preventive physick, by purging noxious humours and the causes of diseases, preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Thus died this great peer, in a time of great recourse unto him and dependance upon him, the house and town full of servants and suiters. Henry Wotton, Buckingham.

    The council of Trent commends the making recourse, not only to the prayers of the saints, but to their aid and assisstance. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Dis. on Roman Idol.

    Can any man think, that this privilege was at first conferred upon the church of Rome, and that christians in all ages had constant recourse to it for determining their differences; and yet that that very church should now be at a loss where to find it? John Tillotson.

    All other means have fail’d to wound her heart,
    Our last recourse is therefore to our art. Dryden.

    The doors be lockt,
    That no man hath recourse to her by night. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recoursenoun

    a coursing back, or coursing again, along the line of a previous coursing; renewed course; return; retreat; recurence

  2. Recoursenoun

    recurrence in difficulty, perplexity, need, or the like; access or application for aid; resort

  3. Recoursenoun

    access; admittance

  4. Recourseverb

    to return; to recur

  5. Recourseverb

    to have recourse; to resort

  6. Etymology: [F. recours, L. recursus a running back, return, fr. recurrere, recursum, to run back. See Recur.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recourse

    rē-kōrs′, n. a going to for aid or protection: access.—v.i. to return.—adj. Recourse′ful, returning. [Fr. recours—L. recursusre-, back, currĕre, cursum, to run.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recourse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recourse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of recourse in a Sentence

  1. Whoopi Goldberg:

    I always thought that rape cases were open-ended, what we have learned is, there's no recourse for these women except what they're doing.

  2. Patriots CEO Robert Kraft:

    While I respect the independent process of the investigation, the time, effort and resources expended to reach this conclusion are incomprehensible to me, knowing that there is no real recourse available, fighting The NFL and extending this debate would prove to be futile.

  3. Shawn Williams:

    This biometric data is so sensitive that if it is compromised, there is simply no recourse, it's not like a Social Security card or credit card number where you can change the number. You can't change your face.

  4. Dick Durbin:

    Weve got to get beyond this impeachment is the answer to every problem, its become a knee-jerk reaction among many Democrats that if youre unhappy with President Trump or some of his appointments, impeachment is a recourse. ... If thats how we are identified ... we run the risk that people will feel were ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.

  5. Attorney Casey Yontz:

    I was immediately taken aback and told him he needed to seek legal recourse immediately, keith sat on the email way too long.

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    manifestly demonstrative
    • A. usurious
    • B. motile
    • C. tenebrous
    • D. ostensive

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