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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Other Words from resourceful

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

Examples of resourceful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second section is set in 1974, when a resourceful soul known as Auntie discovers that Vang and Prany are incarcerated in a reeducation camp together. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Laos’s Forgotten War," 29 Jan. 2020 Woodard, a wonderfully resourceful actress, fully commits to Chukwu’s conceit. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 2020 McCarthy won the nomination — and in another upset, the election — through resourceful campaigning. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things you might not know about Joe McCarthy in Wisconsin, from the new PBS documentary," 2 Jan. 2020 Rey wears the cheap, desert-ready clothes of a resourceful orphan. Wired, "Everybody Loves Rey, a Star Wars Story," 18 Nov. 2019 Molly Mabray is a resourceful 10-year-old who lives in the fictional Alaska village of Qyah with her mom, a bush pilot, and her dad, a wilderness guide. Los Angeles Times, "How ‘Molly of Denali’ helps Native American children feel seen," 14 Oct. 2019 All this made the people of western Virginia vigilant, scrappy, and resourceful, engaged in the constant task of survival. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 Be resourceful and find a friend who has faced a similar situation., "HAPPY BIRTHDAY," 13 Dec. 2019 Baghdadi was undeniably inspirational, audacious, and resourceful. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "ISIS After Baghdadi," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of resourceful

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Resourceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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

Other Words from resourceful

resourcefulness noun

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