[ri-sawrs-fuhl, -sohrs-, -zawrs-, -zohrs-]


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

SYNONYMS FOR resourceful
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-resourceful

  • Our train for Berlin was to leave at nine A.M., so we went to bed early, feeling too self-resourceful for words.

  • So independent, and sort of—of self-resourceful, as Miss Wallace says, and true.

British Dictionary definitions for self-resourceful



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 self-resourceful



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

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