[ guhmp-shuh n ]
/ ˈgʌmp ʃən /

noun Informal.

initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself.
courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
common sense; shrewdness.

Origin of gumption

1710–20; orig. Scots

Related forms

gump·tion·less, adjectivegump·tious, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɡʌmpʃən) /

noun informal

British common sense or resourcefulness
initiative or courageyou haven't the gumption to try

Word Origin for gumption

C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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