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resourceful

[ri-sawrs-fuh l, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs-]
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adjective
  1. able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.

Origin of resourceful

First recorded in 1850–55; resource + -ful
Related formsre·source·ful·ly, adverbre·source·ful·ness, nounself-re·source·ful, adjectiveself-re·source·ful·ly, adverbself-re·source·ful·ness, nounun·re·source·ful, adjectiveun·re·source·ful·ly, adverbun·re·source·ful·ness, noun

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talented, able, imaginative, adroit.
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resourceful

adjective
  1. ingenious, capable, and full of initiative, esp in dealing with difficult situations
Derived Formsresourcefully, adverbresourcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resourceful

adj.

1807, from resource + -ful. Related: Resourcefully; resourcefulness.

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