- When you call the police after your car has been stolen and turn to the police for help, this is an example of a situation where the police were your recourse.
- When you are able to sue to be compensated or paid for a loss, this is an example of a situation where you have legal recourse.
- a turning or seeking for aid, safety, etc.: to have recourse to the law
- that to which one turns or may turn in seeking aid, safety, etc.: one's last recourse
- the right to demand payment from the maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument, as a bill of exchange: usually in without recourse, without obligation to pay (added by the endorser to a bill of exchange to escape possible liability)
Origin of recourseMiddle English recours from Old French from Classical Latin recursus, a running back: see re- and course
- The act or an instance of turning to or making use of a person or thing for aid or in an effort to achieve something: have recourse to the courts.
- One that is turned to or made use of for aid or security: His only recourse was the police.
- Law The right of a creditor to demand payment from an endorser or guarantor when the primary debtor fails to pay.
Origin of recourseMiddle English recours from Old French from Latin recursus a running back from past participle of recurrere to run back re- re- currere to run ; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural recourses)
- The act of seeking assistance or advice.
- Sir Thomas Browne
- Preventive physic [...] preventeth sickness in the healthy, or the recourse thereof in the valetudinary.
(third-person singular simple present recourses, present participle recoursing, simple past and past participle recoursed)
- (obsolete) To return; to recur.
- (obsolete) To have recourse; to resort.
From Old French recours < Latin recursus, past participle of recurrÅ.
recourse - Legal Definition