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resourceful

[ri-sawrs-fuh l, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs-] /rɪˈsɔrs fəl, -ˈsoʊrs-, -ˈzɔrs-, -ˈzoʊrs-/
adjective
1.
able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.
Origin of resourceful
1850-1855
1850-55; resource + -ful
Related forms
resourcefully, adverb
resourcefulness, noun
self-resourceful, adjective
self-resourcefully, adverb
self-resourcefulness, noun
unresourceful, adjective
unresourcefully, adverb
unresourcefulness, noun
Synonyms
talented, able, imaginative, adroit.
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  • Proud of her resourcefulness she looked askance at Sofya's serious, stern face.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • resourcefulness was there, but no hint of boldness and her moods of timidity were exquisite.

  • Gradually, however, a new class emerges from utter helplessness into an encouraging self-confidence and resourcefulness.

  • He had come to the end of his resourcefulness in the art of probing for facts.

    No Clue James Hay
  • In the reaction of relief from casualty, resourcefulness now might plead for him.

  • In the first place, I am learning to admire the resourcefulness of these people around us.

  • The brain that had never failed had proved its resourcefulness once again in this hour of dire trouble.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • I had faith in Potokomik and his resourcefulness, and was hopeful they would get out safely.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for resourcefulness

resourceful

/rɪˈzɔːsfʊl; -ˈsɔːs-/
adjective
1.
ingenious, capable, and full of initiative, esp in dealing with difficult situations
Derived Forms
resourcefully, adverb
resourcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resourcefulness

resourceful

adj.

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

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