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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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  • Councillor Mikulin was resourceful, and the task not very difficult.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • She received his bits of news with the aplomb of a resourceful commander.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Mr. Kelly had lived long on the border and was a resourceful man.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Barbara, in her Red Gross uniform, is quiet and resourceful.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • Rachel was steadier and more dependable, but Katherine was resourceful and quick-witted.

    Betty Wales Freshman Edith K. Dunton
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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