His only recourse was the police.
Have recourse to the courts.
One's last recourse.
Preventive physic [...] preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary.
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.
To have recourse to the law.
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.