Meaning of gumption


If you have gumption, you have guts. People with gumption are determined and full of courage — and common sense, too.

If you easily give up, and don’t have a lot of confidence or smarts, then you are lacking in gumption. It takes gumption to get things done — especially difficult things. Someone who takes risks without being afraid has gumption. Having gumption is like having “chutzpah.” We all could probably use more gumption. Like common sense, it isn’t that common.

Definitions of gumption
  1. noun

    fortitude and determination


    backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand

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    type of:


    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

  2. noun

    sound practical judgment


    common sense, good sense, horse sense, mother wit, sense

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    reasoned and reasonable judgment

    common sense
    road sense

    good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
    type of:

    discernment, judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity

    the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

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