Recourse meaning

rēkôrs, rĭ-kôrs
One that is turned to or made use of for aid or security.

His only recourse was the police.

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(obsolete) To have recourse; to resort.
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The act or an instance of turning to or making use of a person or thing for aid or in an effort to achieve something.

Have recourse to the courts.

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That to which one turns or may turn in seeking aid, safety, etc.

One's last recourse.

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(commerce, law) The right to demand payment from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument, as a bill of exchange.
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A course of action for enforcing a claim; the right of the holder of a note to demand full payment of that note if the terms are not fully honored; the right to be repaid from the borrower’s or cosigner’s personal assets in excess of the collateral.
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The act of seeking assistance or advice.
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Sir Thomas Browne.

Preventive physic [...] preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary.

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(obsolete) To return; to recur.
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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.

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(law) The right of a creditor to demand payment from an endorser or guarantor when the primary debtor fails to pay.
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A turning or seeking for aid, safety, etc.

To have recourse to the law.

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Origin of recourse

  • 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 kers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French recours < Latin recursus, past participle of recurrō.

    From Wiktionary