I would like to know a word that means "help at a difficult situation". I just met this word, but i can't recollect it. I looked up this word in Oxford Dictionary which stated the above meaning. I think it starts with P, but i may be wrong. I know its hard, but any help would be greatly appreciated,
Last edited by Khosro; 26-Feb-2011 at 16:37.
Thank you so much..its that word..recourse..and the dictionary states as follows.." a source of help in a difficult situation"
And the verb "recourse to" is there too, stating "the use of a particular source of help"
So can i say something like this? -
- 1) My recourse was the lecturer
- 2) I recoursed to the lecturer
- 3) I recoursed to the lecturer for his help
Is the last one right? Should i omit "for his help", as recourse to itself means, to get help.
Last edited by 5jj; 27-Feb-2011 at 11:29. Reason: typo
"My only recourse was to ask the lecturer" ("only" is common in such sentences with "recource")
But even this sentence of mine is odd. what do you want to say in your first sentence?
Any examples in your dictionary?
See how meriam-webster (online) defines it:
[noncount] : an opportunity or choice to use or do something in order to deal with a problem or situation ▪ His only recourse [=the only thing he can do] is to file a complaint with the management. ▪ She has no legal recourse against the magazine. [=there is no legal action she can take against the magazine] ▪ He had no recourse to legal help. [=he was not able to get legal help] ▪ The dispute was settled without recourse to law.
And Oxford (advanced learners online):
the fact of having to, or being able to, use something that can provide help in a difficult situation
Your only recourse is legal action.She made a complete recovery without recourse to surgery.The government, when necessary, has recourse to the armed forces.
the use of something so that you can get what you want or need in a difficult situation
We hope a settlement can be reached without recourse to legal action.
The system allows doctors to have recourse to specialist opinion.
And free online dictionary:
1. The act or an instance of turning or applying to a person or thing for aid or security: have recourse to the courts.
2. One that is turned or applied to for aid or security: His only recourse was the police.
My own dictionary is Macmillan but I don't like it's definition here, it is much restricted.
So it is an "opportunity" and "choice" (webster) but also "a fact of having to" (oxford), and it is not only a "fact of ..." but also "an act of ...".
The second definition in freeonlinedictionary covers webster's definition.