Definition: (1) able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations or old difficulties; (2) clever in finding assets; ingenious at discovering new uses for the materials at hand; inventive

Derivation: Old French, “to rise again”

• The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life. — Daniel Joseph Boorstin (1914–2004) American historian
• The great majority of people are calm, resourceful, altruistic or even beyond altruistic, as they risk themselves for others. We improvise the conditions of survival beautifully. — Rebecca Solnit (1961-) American writer