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recourse

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noun re·course \ˈrē-ˌkȯrs, ri-ˈ\

Simple Definition of recourse

  • : an opportunity or choice to use or do something in order to deal with a problem or situation

Full Definition of recourse

  1. 1 a :  a turning to someone or something for help or protection <settled the matter without recourse to law> b :  a source of help or strength :  resort <had no recourse left>

  2. 2 :  the right to demand payment from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument (as a check)

Examples of recourse

  1. The dispute was settled without recourse to law.

  2. <a toddler quickly learns that a tantrum is a surefire recourse when a polite request for something is met with parental indifference>



Origin of recourse

Middle English recours, from Anglo-French recurs, from Late Latin recursus, from Latin, act of running back, from recurrere to run back — more at recur


First Known Use: 14th century


RECOURSE Defined for Kids

recourse

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noun re·course \ˈrē-ˌkȯrs\

Definition of recourse

  1. :  someone or something that can be turned to for help or protection





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