Definition of recourse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

recourse

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈrikɔrs//
 
, NAmE//rɪˈkɔrs//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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the fact of having to, or being able to, use something that can provide help in a difficult situation Your only recourse is legal action. She made a complete recovery without recourse to surgery. The government, when necessary,has recourse to the armed forces.
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