recourse

noun
re·​course | \ ˈrē-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce recourse (audio) , ri-ˈkȯrs\

Definition of recourse

1a : 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 : the right to demand payment from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument (such as a check)

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Synonyms for recourse

Synonyms

expedient, resort, resource

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Examples of recourse in a Sentence

The dispute was settled without recourse to law. a toddler quickly learns that a tantrum is a surefire recourse when a polite request for something is met with parental indifference

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Besides offline communication and the blockchain, internet users also have virtual private networks, or VPNs, as a recourse. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 This would in effect leave states without any federal recourse to fund TANF if the economy took a downturn. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a Republican plan to fix cash assistance welfare falls short," 25 May 2018 Their only recourse is to engineer a white apartheid system similar to how many southern governments operated during Jim Crow, where Black populations were denied the vote while being subjected to the rule of white people. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Moustafa said Fathy can still appeal her original two-year sentence before the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s final recourse for appeals in criminal cases. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time," 1 Jan. 2019 Reformers see this as a clear improvement on the status quo, which gave the minority party little recourse. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Ohio gerrymandering reform going for a statewide vote this week, explained," 7 May 2018 As the Atlantic’s Vann Newkirk wrote earlier this year, this has left a wide gap for states to pass laws discriminating against voters of color with little recourse. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "This Democrat thinks voting rights should be one of the House’s first big priorities in January," 11 Dec. 2018 This situation leaves the public with little or no clear recourse when personal data are used in ways that cause personal and social harm. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Facebook and the very real problem of keeping student data private," 5 Apr. 2018 Assuming he is cleared, the Dolphins could cut James with no recourse. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Why Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t worry, even if Dolphins draft a quarterback in Round 1 | Miami Herald," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of recourse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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recourse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recourse

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

recourse

noun
re·​course | \ ˈrē-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce recourse (audio) \

Kids Definition of recourse

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

recourse

noun
re·​course | \ ˈrē-ˌkōrs, ri-ˈkōrs How to pronounce recourse (audio) \

Legal Definition of recourse

1a : the act of turning to someone or something for assistance especially in obtaining redress
b : a means to a desired end especially in the nature of a remedy or justice also : the end itself
2 : the right or ability to demand payment or compensation specifically : the right to demand payment from the endorser or drawer of a negotiable instrument — see also recourse note at note — compare non-recourse

Note: Under Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, the phrase without recourse on a negotiable instrument limits the liability of the endorser or drawer. If an endorsement states that it is made without recourse, the endorser is not liable to pay, subject to various conditions, if the instrument is dishonored. Similarly, if a draft states that it is drawn without recourse, the drawer is not liable to pay, subject to various conditions, if the draft is dishonored, provided that it is not a check.

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