[ree-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs, ri-sawrs, -sohrs, -zawrs, -zohrs]
a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed.
resources, the collective wealth of a country or its means of producing wealth.
Usually, resources. money, or any property that can be converted into money; assets.
Often, resources. an available means afforded by the mind or one's personal capabilities: to have resource against loneliness.
an action or measure to which one may have recourse in an emergency; expedient.
capability in dealing with a situation or in meeting difficulties: a woman of resource.

1640–50; < French ressource, Old French ressourse, noun derivative of resourdre to rise up < Latin resurgere, equivalent to re- re- + surgere to rise up, lift; see resurge, source

resourceless, adjective
resourcelessness, noun

1, 5. resort. 5. means, contrivance, shift. 6. inventiveness, adapability, ingenuity, cleverness. Unabridged
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resource (rɪˈzɔːs, -ˈsɔːs)
1.  capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittedness: a man of resource
2.  (often plural) a source of economic wealth, esp of a country (mineral, land, labour, etc) or business enterprise (capital, equipment, personnel, etc)
3.  a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need
4.  a means of doing something; expedient
[C17: from Old French ressourse relief, from resourdre to rise again, from Latin resurgere, from re- + surgere to rise]

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Word Origin & History

1611, "means of supplying a want or deficiency," from Fr. resourse, from fem. pp. of O.Fr. resourdre "to rally, raise again," from L. resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent). Resources "a country's wealth" first recorded 1779.
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Example sentences
In this way, the world's endless supply of problems becomes a valuable resource.
It may be noticed generally that slovenly and hurried writers find the
  infinitive a great resource.
Water resource officials say some of the reservoirs fed by the river will never
  be full again.
We seem to be bent on destroying every single resource and unable to talk our
  way out of doing so.
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