- access or resort to a person or thing for help or protection: to have recourse to the courts for justice.
- a person or thing resorted to for help or protection.
- the right to collect from a maker or endorser of a negotiable instrument. The endorser may add the words “without recourse” on the instrument, thereby transferring the instrument without assuming any liability.
- the act of resorting to a person, course of action, etc, in difficulty or danger (esp in the phrase have recourse to)
- a person, organization, or course of action that is turned to for help, protection, etc
- the right to demand payment, esp from the drawer or endorser of a bill of exchange or other negotiable instrument when the person accepting it fails to pay
- without recourse a qualified endorsement on such a negotiable instrument, by which the endorser protects himself or herself from liability to subsequent holders
late 14c., from Old French recours (13c.), from Latin recursus “a return, a retreat,” literally “a running back, a going back,” from stem of past participle of recurrere “run back, return” (see recur).