- a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed.
- resources, the collective wealth of a country or its means of producing wealth.
- Usually resources. money, or any property that can be converted into money; assets.
- Often resources. an available means afforded by the mind or one's personal capabilities: to have resource against loneliness.
- an action or measure to which one may have recourse in an emergency; expedient.
- capability in dealing with a situation or in meeting difficulties: a woman of resource.
Origin of resource
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Examples from the Web for resourceless
The inactivity of Watson is only to be accounted for by his total ignorance of the resourceless state of Marion's rifles.The Life of Francis Marion
William Gilmore Simms
He knew not what to say or do, but gazed in resourceless suspense at the strange figure she made.The Damnation of Theron Ware
- capability, ingenuity, and initiative; quick-wittednessa man of resource
- (often plural) a source of economic wealth, esp of a country (mineral, land, labour, etc) or business enterprise (capital, equipment, personnel, etc)
- a supply or source of aid or support; something resorted to in time of need
- a means of doing something; expedient
Word Origin and History for resourceless
1610s, "means of supplying a want or deficiency," from French resourse "a source, spring," noun use of fem. past participle of Old French resourdre "to rally, raise again," from Latin resurgere "rise again" (see resurgent). Resources "a country's wealth" first recorded 1779.
1975, from resource (n.). Related: Resourced; resourcing.