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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 resourcefulness
  • Anticipating consumer preferences and ensuring that goods are in stock require resourcefulness, good judgment and self-confidence.
  • As if these students don't have the resourcefulness to locate that which they seek.
  • The point is, adjuncts can solve their office-space problems with some resourcefulness and tenacity.
  • The red fox's resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning.
  • As a caver, he was awed by the courage and resourcefulness that such long-term survival underground must have demanded.
  • The pair was also beset with injuries, both routine and scary, that tested their resolve and resourcefulness.
  • As dire as the outlook is, it would be foolish to underestimate the resourcefulness of the industry.
  • Cancer's endless mutability, its ruthless adaptation to survive, is being matched by resourcefulness.
  • He finds dignity and resourcefulness among the peons.
  • But each antibiotic is merely a stopgap, its success a challenge to microbial resourcefulness.
British Dictionary definitions for resourcefulness


/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 resourcefulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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