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[ri-sawrs-fuhl, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs-]
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  1. able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.
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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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  • In the first place, I am learning to admire the resourcefulness of these people around us.

  • I had faith in Potokomik and his resourcefulness, and was hopeful they would get out safely.

  • This resourcefulness and fertility of method are conspicuous characteristics of him.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • And in alertness and resourcefulness it is second only to the desire for wealth itself.

  • One could make the desert his if one had resourcefulness and courage.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

British Dictionary definitions for resourcefulness


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



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

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