re·​source·​ful | \ ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl, -ˈzȯrs-\

Definition of resourceful

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

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Other Words from resourceful

resourcefully \ ri-​ˈsȯrs-​fə-​lē , -​ˈzȯrs-​ \ adverb
resourcefulness noun

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But scientists are a resourceful bunch, and some have used that as an opportunity to study how humans form their beliefs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why does flat Earth belief still exist?," 28 Dec. 2018 With the chance to move to the brink of the World Series, a lineup that was resourceful and powerful throughout the regular season and in the division series couldn’t hit a homer or string together any significant rallies. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Power outage: Brewers’ bats struggle in 13-inning loss," 17 Oct. 2018 Scorpio: Salad from the Farmer’s Market Scorpios are oh so resourceful and really know how to make something out of nothing. Spoon U, Teen Vogue, "What to Eat for Lunch Based on Your Zodiac Sign," 28 July 2018 Baibabaeva’s story begins by a mountain lake in Kurdistan, where she was born and was raised with a resourceful grandmother who had lived under the Soviet regime. Vogue, "Tatiana Baibabaeva Is Infusing Slow Fashion with Sensuality, One Macramé Dress at a Time," 31 May 2018 But scientists are a resourceful bunch, and some have used that as an opportunity to study how humans form their beliefs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why does flat Earth belief still exist?," 7 Nov. 2018 Fiji is a proud and vibrant culture whose people are so gentle but proud, honourable and resourceful. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Recalls Queen Elizabeth's Visits to Fiji in His Speech at Tonight's State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Luckily, this resourceful soul also had Von Hep's Isle of Tan Tan Eraser on hand. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Woman's Foot Self-Tanner Fail Is Going Viral on Instagram," 16 Oct. 2018 Yet the dances makes spines and legs look just as lavishly resourceful. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of resourceful

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of resourceful

: able to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems


re·​source·​ful | \ ri-ˈsȯrs-fəl \

Kids Definition of resourceful

: clever in dealing with problems

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resourcefulness noun

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