Pronunciation: (rē'kôrs, -kōrs, ri-kôrs', -kōrs'), [key]
1. access or resort to a person or thing for help or protection: to have recourse to the courts for justice.
2. a person or thing resorted to for help or protection.
3. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.