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recourse

re·course

recourse

 
 
pronunciation:
ri kors [or] rih kors
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: access to or the use of something for help, protection, or legal assistance.
For matters such as this, the people have recourse to the legal system.Her recourse to litigation came as a surprise as they thought they could negotiate a simple deal with her.
similar words:
appeal, application, refuge, resort
definition 2: that which may be turned to for assistance, protection, or a way out of a difficult situation.
If they refuse to compensate you fairly, then your only recourse is a law suit.The company was on the brink of financial collapse and had no recourse other than to lay off workers.
synonyms:
resort, resource
similar words:
backup, help, refuge, reinforcement, reserve, support
definition 3: a legal right to collect from one who endorses a negotiable instrument, such as a check, if the original maker fails to pay.
Word Parts
The word recourse contains the following part:
cur1, curr, cor1, corr, curs, cour1, cours Latin root that means to run