- Recourse is defined as a means of assistance or source of help during a difficult situation or conflict.
- When you call the police after your car has been stolen and turn to the police for help, this is an example of a situation where the police were your recourse.
- When you are able to sue to be compensated or paid for a loss, this is an example of a situation where you have legal recourse.
recourse definition by Webster's New World
- a turning or seeking for aid, safety, etc.: to have recourse to the law
- that to which one turns seeking aid, safety, etc.: one's last recourse
- Commerce, Law the right to demand payment from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument, as a bill of exchange: usually in , without obligation to pay (added by the endorser to a bill of exchange to escape possible liability)
Origin: Middle English recours ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin recursus, a running back: see re- and amp; course
recourse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or an instance of turning or applying to a person or thing for aid or security: have recourse to the courts.
- One that is turned or applied to for aid or security: His only recourse was the police.
- Law The right to demand payment from the endorser of a commercial paper when the first party liable fails to pay.
Origin: Middle English recours, from Old French, from Latin recursus, a running back, from past participle of recurrere, to run back : re-, re- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
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