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

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

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Buhr sarcastically praised the main office staff for teaching her to be resourceful over apparent incompetence. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Valedictorian rips school staff and calls out teacher for "alcoholism" in graduation speech," 14 June 2019 So the host rather impulsively hires Molly Patel (Kaling), a longtime fan -- and most significantly in Katherine's eyes, woman of color -- who has been working for a chemical plant but is resourceful enough to secure an interview. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night' pulls back the curtain on late-night TV," 7 June 2019 Xekalou is another one of those extraordinarily resourceful Greek islanders. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 In between bookings, the resourceful actress made ends meet with another talent as well: her handwriting. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Meghan Markle's Net Worth?," 16 Apr. 2019 Generally, the industry is going to have to be incredibly resourceful to find meaningful solutions. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Max Mara’s Ian Griffiths Talks Berlin, Bowie, Politics and Coming of Age in Punk-Era Manchester," 31 May 2019 Klein and Fulnecky are extremely resourceful and have the time and space to store bits and bobs for future projects. Amy Pennington, The Seattle Times, "A couple’s Rainier Beach garden is a place of creativity, vision and function," 19 May 2019 As a result, the designer has become more resourceful than ever, often sourcing fabric at his local Goodwill. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Born in Buffalo and Trained in London, Edwin Mohney Sources the Fabric for His Radical Ball Gowns at Kmart," 16 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce resourceful (audio) \

Kids Definition of resourceful

: clever in dealing with problems

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resourcefulness noun

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