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 This will help create a culture that celebrates and empowers those who take initiative and are resourceful. Martin Basiri, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 While not every idea here works, a resourceful tech and design package led by Dustin Supencheck’s widescreen cinematography puts its best foot forward in service of Heimann’s vision. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 22 July 2022 The strikes eventually abated, and Dominic was resourceful — and respected enough — to get no-interest cash loans from 13 Bluemound Golf and Country Club members supplemented by bank loans. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2022 But Chinese solar manufacturers, led and orchestrated by the Communist Party, are resourceful. WSJ, 30 May 2022 Ron Barker's nephew Travis Peters is remembering his late uncle as a caring and resourceful man, after Barker died on Monday while stranded in the Nevada wilderness with his wife. Dan Heching,, 7 Apr. 2022 And, many say, the Harry Potter connection didn’t hurt, with the young wizard’s snowy owl sidekick Hedwig depicted as smart, resourceful, trusted — a good friend. Morgan Greene,, 1 Feb. 2022 The genre has always been a glorious, messy mash-up of aesthetic transcendence and commercial ambition, a grab-bag of styles and sources held together by the energy, ingenuity and sheer chutzpah of scrappy and resourceful artists. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 The takeaway from those two moments in particular is that Kate is just as smart and resourceful of a fighter as her mentor. Chancellor Agard,, 1 Dec. 2021 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 17 Aug. 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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