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[ri-sawrs-fuh l, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs-] /rɪˈsɔrs fəl, -ˈsoʊrs-, -ˈzɔrs-, -ˈzoʊrs-/
able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.
Origin of resourceful
1850-55; resource + -ful
Related forms
resourcefully, adverb
resourcefulness, noun
self-resourceful, adjective
self-resourcefully, adverb
self-resourcefulness, noun
unresourceful, adjective
unresourcefully, adverb
unresourcefulness, noun
talented, able, imaginative, adroit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resourceful
  • She has her idiosyncrasies, not eccentricities, but then she is so resourceful.
  • More resourceful still, these sorts of verbs can then be turned back into nouns.
  • Mink are resourceful survivors, with needle-sharp teeth.
  • Slight overpopulation is supposed to result in the weaker, dumber, less resourceful individuals perishing.
  • They have already begun to prove themselves worthy as the next resourceful and innovative successors.
  • We have a resourceful community dedicated to supporting learning initiatives.
  • Not only does this test your skills as a cook, but it also pushes you to be resourceful and think of uncommon food juxtapositions.
  • Venter is really smart and resourceful in this genome quest.
  • Found throughout the world, the resourceful red fox is known for its cleverness and adaptability.
  • But that was then, with a game that rewarded the resourceful.
British Dictionary definitions for resourceful


/rɪˈzɔːsfʊl; -ˈsɔːs-/
ingenious, capable, and full of initiative, esp in dealing with difficult situations
Derived Forms
resourcefully, adverb
resourcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resourceful

1807, from resource + -ful. Related: Resourcefully; resourcefulness.

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