resourceful

[ ri-sawrs-fuhl, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs- ]
/ rɪˈsɔrs fəl, -ˈsoʊrs-, -ˈzɔrs-, -ˈzoʊrs- /

adjective

able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.

Nearby words

  1. resort,
  2. resorter,
  3. resound,
  4. resounding,
  5. resource,
  6. resources,
  7. resp.,
  8. respawn,
  9. respect,
  10. respectability

Origin of resourceful

First recorded in 1850–55; resource + -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for resourcefulness

resourceful

/ (rɪˈzɔːsfʊl, -ˈsɔːs-) /

adjective

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 resourcefulness

resourceful

adj.

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

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