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RECOURSE, noun [Latin recursus; re and cursus, curro, to run.] Literally, a running back; a return.

1. Return; a new attack. [Not in use.]

2. A going to with a request or application, as for aid or protection. Children have recourse to their parents for assistance.

3. Application of efforts, art or labor. The general had recourse to stratagem to effect his purpose.

Our last recourse is therefore to our art.

4. Access. [Little Used.]

5. Frequent passage.

RECOURSE, verb intransitive To return. [Not used.]