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

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

Synonyms for resourceful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-resourceful

Historical Examples of self-resourceful

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for self-resourceful


  1. 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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