re·​source·​ful | \ ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl How to pronounce resourceful (audio) , -ˈzȯrs- \

Definition of resourceful

: able to meet situations : capable of devising ways and means a resourceful leader

Other Words from resourceful

resourcefully \ ri-​ˈsȯrs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce resourceful (audio) , -​ˈzȯrs-​ \ adverb
resourcefulness noun

Examples of resourceful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squirrels are resourceful, humorous, scary, quizzical, territorial and skittish. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Now is the time to invest in this incredibly talented, resourceful, and skilled talent pool. Yaron Schwartz, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 Fabian Hinz, an independent expert on Iran’s military, said Iran had in the past sent to Gaza key components of the rockets that were fired at Israel and taught Palestinians to become resourceful in securing raw material locally. New York Times, 23 May 2021 The new line, On Repeat, takes the same resourceful sensibility inherent in its basahan-tela accessories and applies it to garment design. Eunica Escalante, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Santander and Urías drove in runs on balls that didn’t leave the infield during Baltimore’s resourceful rally against Archie Bradley, who was charged with three runs after Chirinos added an RBI groundout off Jimmy Herget. Greg Beacham, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2022 Western events like Coachella are not broadcast in China through legal means, but resourceful social media users circumvent the countrywide firewall with VPNs to illegally stream big events. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2022 Backed by resourceful venture capitalists, VC firms are capable of providing funding in sizable sums, sometimes in six figures or even more. Percy Hung, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Ever the resourceful optimist, Keldon Johnson is leaving nothing to chance. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resourceful

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Resourceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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re·​source·​ful | \ ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl How to pronounce resourceful (audio) \

Kids Definition of resourceful

: clever in dealing with problems

Other Words from resourceful

resourcefulness noun


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