Definitions for: Recourse

[n] act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
[n] something or someone turned to for assistance or security; "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*course" (r?*k?rs"), n. [F. recours, L. recursus a
running back, return, fr. recurrere, recursum, to run back.
See Recur.]
1. A coursing back, or coursing again, along the line of a
previous coursing; renewed course; return; retreat;
recurence. [Obs.] ``Swift recourse of flushing blood.''

Unto my first I will have my recourse. --Chaucer.

Preventive physic . . . preventeth sickness in the
healthy, or the recourse thereof in the
valetudinary. --Sir T.

2. Recurrence in difficulty, perplexity, need, or the like;
access or application for aid; resort.

Thus died this great peer, in a time of great
recourse unto him and dependence upon him. --Sir H.

Our last recourse is therefore to our art. --Dryden.

3. Access; admittance. [Obs.]

Give me recourse to him. --Shak.

Without recourse (Commerce), words sometimes added to the
indorsement of a negotiable instrument to protect the
indorser from liability to the indorsee and subsequent
holders. It is a restricted indorsement.

Re*course", v. i.
1. To return; to recur. [Obs.]

The flame departing and recoursing. --Foxe.

2. To have recourse; to resort. [Obs.] --Bp. Hacket.

Synonyms: refuge, refuge, resort, resort

See Also: aid, assist, assistance, help, resource, shadow

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