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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: recours, from Latin, from recurrere; RECUR

recourse

noun
     
reā€§course [singular, uncountable] formal
something that you do to achieve something or deal with a situation, or the act of doing it:
We may conclude that he never had recourse to this simple experiment.
without recourse to something (=without using or doing something)
a way of solving disputes without recourse to courts of law
Surgery may be the only recourse.

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