Other forms: recourses

Recourse is a source of help. If you're failing trigonometry in spite of studying until your brain hurts, you may have no recourse but to hire a tutor.

Recourse comes from the Latin word recursus, meaning “to run back or retreat.” People seek recourse from such difficulties as debt, illness and legal woes, so you can think of recourse as the words "retreating from curses" squished together. For the record, though, the cursus in recursus means course, not curse. Actually, no one knows where the word curse comes from. There may be some connection between cursus and curses, but then again, there may not be.

Definitions of recourse
  1. noun
    act of turning to for assistance
    “have recourse to the courts”
    synonyms: refuge, resort
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    type of:
    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  2. noun
    something or someone turned to for assistance or security
    “his only recourse was the police”
    synonyms: refuge, resort
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    refuge from danger or observation
    type of:
    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
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