- access or resort to a person or thing for help or protection: to have recourse to the courts for justice.
- a person or thing resorted to for help or protection.
- the right to collect from a maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument. The endorser may add the words “without recourse” on the instrument, thereby transferring the instrument without assuming any liability.
Origin of recourse
Examples from the Web for recourse
What recourse would they have to prove that they should be eligible for release?Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
I know that it might get nowhere, but this is my only recourse.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
Had the board decided to give Eich a few weeks to prove himself, those who disagreed would have had no recourse.Chill Out About Firefox, Everybody
April 5, 2014
They, according to one juror, who spoke to Nightline, believed Dunn had no recourse but to shoot.Michael Dunn, Jordan Davis, and America's Racist Heritage
February 19, 2014
However well-intentioned, we are not sure that this bill would be the most effective means of recourse.The Movement to Boycott the American Studies Association for Boycotting Israel
February 15, 2014
So much the worse for him, if he has not recourse to their remedies.The Imaginary Invalid
When did a rheumatic ploughman have recourse to Bath or Buxton?In the Heart of Vosges
I am grieved to be driven to have recourse to the following artifices.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
When once a man has recourse to reason and precision, there is an end of love.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
So, in this dilemma, I had recourse to a piece of jesuitry, of which I was not a little proud.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- the act of resorting to a person, course of action, etc, in difficulty or danger (esp in the phrase have recourse to)
- a person, organization, or course of action that is turned to for help, protection, etc
- the right to demand payment, esp from the drawer or endorser of a bill of exchange or other negotiable instrument when the person accepting it fails to pay
- without recourse a qualified endorsement on such a negotiable instrument, by which the endorser protects himself or herself from liability to subsequent holders
Word Origin and History for recourse
late 14c., from Old French recours (13c.), from Latin recursus "a return, a retreat," literally "a running back, a going back," from stem of past participle of recurrere "run back, return" (see recur).