Definition of recourse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈkɔːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːkɔːrs//
[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. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘running or flowing back’): from Old French recours, from Latin recursus, from re- ‘back, again’ + cursus ‘course, running’.Extra examples Citizens have learned that they do have recourse against governments. Drivers have little recourse but to wait until the weather clears. I have no other recourse than to inform the police. She often had recourse to her dictionary. The mother of an illegitimate child had no legal recourse to the father. The study of these creatures has been conducted without direct recourse to living specimens. Their system of dispute resolution avoids recourse to the courts. There is no recourse available to the victim. They tried to settle the dispute without recourse to the courts. a charity for women with no recourse to public funds people who deal with emotional pain by recourse to drugs and alcohol workers who have no recourse to trade unions The government, when necessary has recourse to the armed forces.
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