• WordNet 3.6
    • n recourse act of turning to for assistance "have recourse to the courts","an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
    • n recourse something or someone turned to for assistance or security "his only recourse was the police","took refuge in lying"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recourse A coursing back, or coursing again, along the line of a previous coursing; renewed course; return; retreat; recurence. "Swift recourse of flushing blood.""Unto my first I will have my recourse .""Preventive physic . . . preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary ."
    • Recourse Access; admittance. "Give me recourse to him."
    • Recourse 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.""Our last recourse is therefore to our art."
    • Recourse To have recourse; to resort.
    • Recourse To return; to recur. "The flame departing and recoursing ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recourse Resort for help or protection, as when in difficulty or perplexity.
    • n recourse Resort; customary visitation or communication.
    • n recourse Access; admittance.
    • n recourse Return; new attack; recurrence.
    • n recourse Repeated course; frequent flowing.
    • n recourse In Scots law, the right of an assignee or disponee under the warrandice of the transaction to recur on the vendor or cedent for relief in case of eviction or of defects inferring warrandice.
    • recourse To return; recur.
    • recourse To have recourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Recourse rē-kōrs′ a going to for aid or protection: access
    • v.i Recourse to return
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.”
  • Lord Byron
    “He scratched his ear, the infallible resource to which embarrassed people have recourse.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. recours, L. recursus, a running back, return, fr. recurrere, recursum, to run back. See Recur


In literature:

So it is that a general of an army often has recourse to stratagems.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
The law is instituted for just such purposes; you have recourse thereto.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
He has become fearfully melancholy, and of late has had recourse to drinking.
"The Black-Sealed Letter" by Andrew Learmont Spedon
Would he have had recourse to them to draw out the little harmless beaver?
"George Borrow The Man and His Books" by Edward Thomas
Renovales had recourse to rudeness in order to get out of the difficulty.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
There immediately occurred an important affair, in which the king was obliged to have recourse to the authority of Anselm.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
They understood their own strength, and had recourse to a more safe and effectual expedient.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Recourse to arms is a necessity alike for whomsoever acquires or wishes to acquire territory.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Unable to take the city by force, he had recourse to stratagem.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Being thus left destitute and helpless, I had recourse to my dear sister Zobeide.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
For that purpose they have recourse to various forms of divination.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
If we wish to come at the probable meaning of this fable, we must have recourse to Egyptian antiquities.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
When all the money was spent, Aladdin had recourse again to the lamp.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
They first fired at each other, and then had recourse to the usual weapon, the sword.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
To escape from the latter I had recourse to Chinese.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
But I cannot too much caution youngsters against having recourse, in their self-defence, to deadly weapons.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Separation or divorce are remedies of last resort, and people have recourse to them when they are at the end of their tether.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Recourse must be had to the purses of the king's subjects.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
To this method of attaining an object, they have frequent recourse.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
After having tried all sorts of remedies, they were obliged to have recourse to exorcisms.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet

In poetry:

I therefore, in obedience to thy will,
Have now recourse unto the healing art,
In hopes of help from my physician's skill:
Thy blessing, Lord! upon the means impart.
"A Prayer For A Sick Person Before He Takes Physic" by Rees Prichard
At last, when, breath and patience spent,
I had recourse to smoking -
"Your AIM," he said, "is excellent:
But - when you call it ARGUMENT -
Of course you're only joking?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
If the old serpent has transfix'd thy soul
With sin's keen sting, thou'rt gone beyond resource,
Or nothing in the world can make thee whole,
'Till to the brazen One thou hast recourse.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Landowners have little recourse when a pipeline company uses eminent domain authority.
How 'Bad Boy' Guarantees Can Make a Non- Recourse Loan Suddenly Become Recourse .
Bad Boy Guarantees Can Cost You How a non- recourse loan can suddenly become recourse .
Little legal recourse for people injured by smallpox vaccine.
MOST people who are subjects of newspaper articles they believe to be unfair or inaccurate have few avenues of recourse.
The council's decision Thursday means Moore's only other recourse might be to file a lawsuit in court.
Howes Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Recourses.
Another myth is that inventive individuals have no recourse but to sign away all their IP rights to their employers.
However, if he is simply bragging to his relatives and not actually doing anything, there's not much recourse for you.
There's little recourse if retailers follow consumer laws and are clear about their policies, either with signs by the register or printed on receipts .
Typically, their only recourse is the police.
The special permits for the season that the Salvation Army gets allows them to ring the bells without recourse, according to the police.
There's another recourse, one that can substantially reduce the costs associated.
I have learned over the years that students, wearily carrying out a writing assignment, often have recourse to the dictionary.
Should VA be allowed to rescind retention bonuses for healthcare providers without explanation or recourse.

In science:

This simple procedure breaks down as soon as k > 1 and one has to recourse to a more involved strategy described in Appendix A.
Hamiltonian Cycles on Random Eulerian Triangulations
This is done by an extremely simple-minded search procedure, without recourse to any modern factorisation techniques.
A simple practical higher descent for large height rational points on certain elliptic curves
The result (7.44) is thus recovered, without recourse to the algebraic trick.
Statistics of persistent events in the binomial random walk: Will the drunken sailor hit the sober man?
This can be performed exactly on a three dimensional Fermi surface, without the need to take recourse to the approximations discussed in Appendix A of Ref. 27.
Nonlinear electrodynamics of p-wave superconductors
Although it is usual in hypothesis testing problems to invoke the Neyman-Pearson lemma in order to prove the converse part, here we will give another simple elementary proof without recourse to the Neyman-Pearson lemma.
Hypothesis Testing with the General Source
As a first application, we want to show that each finite unitary has an LM factorization without recourse to orthogonal polynomials.
CMV matrices: Five years after
Bohr took recourse to general relativity to justify the use of this formula, but since then it has be shown that Eq. (1) follows from just the assumption that energy has mass and can be weighed (which is exactly what Einstein needed to posit in order to make the thought experiment work in the first place).
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
However, it has become evident that there exists a sizeable amount of evidence showing that these results of general relativity can be derived without recourse to Einstein’s theory.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
After investigating the proposal that the ‘Tests of General Relativity’ may be explained and predicted without any recourse to Einstein’s theory, it has been found that this is very much the case.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
We intend to make generic points which are valid without recourse to any specific setup.
Summary of the 3rd International Workshop on a Far Detector in Korea for the J-PARC Beam
Therefore, recourse to numerical computation emerges as the natural and inevitable approach in order to be able to investigate this class of problems.
Two-dimensional body of maximum mean resistance
Section 7 introduces secular drag instabilities that concentrate particles without recourse to self-gravity.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
In contrast to the prior literature on discrete Hamiltonian mechanics, which typically start from the Lagrangian setting, we will focus on constructing Hamiltonian variational integrators from the Hamiltonian point of view, without recourse to the Lagrangian formulation.
Discrete Hamiltonian Variational Integrators
Since KS spacetimes are not conformally flat, we indeed expect that long wavelength magnetic fields are produced from vacuum fluctuations during inflation, without recourse to noncanonical couplings of masses.
Anisotropic Kantowski-Sachs Universe from Gravitational Tunneling and its Observational Signatures
In this paper we investigate approximate methods based on results due to Wilks and Wald by which one can obtain both the significance for given data as well as the full sampling distribution of the significance under the hypothesis of different signal models, all without recourse to Monte Carlo.
Asymptotic formulae for likelihood-based tests of new physics