What does the word recourse mean?

Usage examples for recourse

  1. And this having failed they must of their own accord have had recourse to means held reprobate by the priesthood. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Then he again had recourse to prayer, in a loud voice. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne
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