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 for recourse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recourse \Re*course"\, v. i.
     1. To return; to recur. [Obs.]
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              The flame departing and recoursing.   --Foxe.
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     2. To have recourse; to resort. [Obs.] --Bp. Hacket.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recourse \Re*course"\ (r?*k?rs"), n. [F. recours, L. recursus a
     running back, return, fr. recurrere, recursum, to run back.
     See Recur.]
     1. A coursing back, or coursing again, along the line of a
        previous coursing; renewed course; return; retreat;
        recurence. [Obs.] "Swift recourse of flushing blood."
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              Unto my first I will have my recourse. --Chaucer.
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              Preventive physic . . . preventeth sickness in the
              healthy, or the recourse thereof in the
              valetudinary.                         --Sir T.
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     2. Recurrence in difficulty, perplexity, need, or the like;
        access or application for aid; resort.
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              Thus died this great peer, in a time of great
              recourse unto him and dependence upon him. --Sir H.
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              Our last recourse is therefore to our art. --Dryden.
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     3. Access; admittance. [Obs.]
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              Give me recourse to him.              --Shak.
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     Without recourse (Commerce), words sometimes added to the
        indorsement of a negotiable instrument to protect the
        indorser from liability to the indorsee and subsequent
        holders. It is a restricted indorsement.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the
           courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort" [syn:
           recourse, resort, refuge]
      2: something or someone turned to for assistance or security;
         "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"
         [syn: recourse, refuge, resort]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "recourse":
     ability, access, admittance, agency, alternative, availability,
     backup, capacity, capital, dernier ressort, device, devices,
     disposable resources, entree, expediency, expedient, funds,
     going between, hope, instrumentality, intermediation, last resort,
     machinery, makeshift, means, mechanism, mediation, method,
     pis aller, power, recourses, refuge, remedy, reserve, resort,
     resorts, resource, resources, service, shift, stock, stopgap,
     substitute, supply, ways, ways and means, wherewith, wherewithal

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