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 resourceful (audio) , -​ˈzȯrs-​ \ adverb
resourcefulness noun

Examples of resourceful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest season began airing in late March and continues its depiction of Iran’s intelligence operatives as resourceful, dashing and humane. Washington Post, "Iran’s hard-liners step up attacks on Rouhani government, sowing suspicion over nuclear talks," 4 May 2021 With better education and a widening of employment options, women were becoming more independent and resourceful. Carol Dyhouse, Time, "What the Rise and Fall of the Cinderella Fairy Tale Means for Real Women Today," 19 Apr. 2021 Our narrator, however, is nothing if not resourceful. New York Times, "His Debut Novel Won the Pulitzer. Now It Has an Action-Packed Sequel.," 26 Feb. 2021 Middle-class people often are resourceful and have an ability to get answers. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Are you in the middle class? Here are 5 ways to tell," 4 Apr. 2021 Third-party content can be just as powerful, resourceful, and valuable as original content. Joel Goobich, Forbes, "Transform Your Content Strategy From Reactive To Sustainable," 2 Mar. 2021 Those items will always matter, but an employee who is clear about their own purpose, tends to engage in a more empowered, self-motivated and resourceful manner. H.v. Macarthur, Forbes, "HR's New Role: How Human Resources Needs To Evolve To Support The Future Of Work," 18 Mar. 2021 Smart and resourceful, Jean carries a small automatic concealed in a thigh holster. Washington Post, "Old mysteries and adventure stories deliver a dose Grand Guignol theatricality and nonstop comic-book action," 24 Feb. 2021 Whatever the continent’s problems, the intelligent and resourceful citizens of its many nations could do without celebrity condescension. Jack Butler, National Review, "‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Yes — So Stop Singing," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of resourceful

1851, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Resourceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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