recourse noun

ADJ. constant, frequent | limited | no other, only I have no other recourse than to inform the police. | direct The study of these creatures has been conducted without direct recourse to living specimens. | legal

VERB + RECOURSE have The mother of an illegitimate child had no legal recourse to the father. | seek An order was made against which he sought recourse in the supreme court. | avoid Their system of dispute resolution avoids recourse to the courts.

PREP. by ~ to people who deal with emotional pain by recourse to drugs and alcohol | without ~ to They tried to settle the dispute without recourse to the courts. | ~ against Citizens have learnt that they do have recourse against governments. | ~ to She often had recourse to her dictionary.