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[ree-kawrs, -kohrs, ri-kawrs, -kohrs] /ˈri kɔrs, -koʊrs, rɪˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs/
access or resort to a person or thing for help or protection:
to have recourse to the courts for justice.
a person or thing resorted to for help or protection.
the right to collect from a maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument. The endorser may add the words “without recourse” on the instrument, thereby transferring the instrument without assuming any liability.
Origin of recourse
1350-1400; Middle English recours < Old French < Late Latin recursus, Latin: return, retreat, noun use of past participle of recurrere to run back; see recur Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recourse
  • Sometimes the only recourse is daily combing and nit-picking, and this may take some time to eliminate an infestation.
  • All this can be seen close-up, without a blind, without recourse to binoculars.
  • Nevertheless, people throughout time have found what seemed to them good reason for recourse to alcohol.
  • It is used as a recourse for people who have not had success with medications.
  • His only recourse was to make the tubs at home bigger and better, especially bigger.
  • If it failed, the next recourse would be surgery, which the doctor dreaded because of its high risk of mortality.
  • If one side feels it cannot win but has no other recourse then an insurgency will occur.
  • Landowners might be left with little legal recourse.
  • They are the civil method of recourse if you have been harmed by a giant corporation.
  • The crew had a much clearer view and repeatedly voiced their concerns, but found no recourse.
British Dictionary definitions for recourse


the act of resorting to a person, course of action, etc, in difficulty or danger (esp in the phrase have recourse to)
a person, organization, or course of action that is turned to for help, protection, etc
the right to demand payment, esp from the drawer or endorser of a bill of exchange or other negotiable instrument when the person accepting it fails to pay
without recourse, a qualified endorsement on such a negotiable instrument, by which the endorser protects himself or herself from liability to subsequent holders
Word Origin
C14: from Old French recours, from Late Latin recursus a running back, from re- + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for recourse

late 14c., from Old French recours (13c.), from Latin recursus "a return, a retreat," literally "a running back, a going back," from stem of past participle of recurrere "run back, return" (see recur).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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