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[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.
noun (informal)
(Brit) common sense or resourcefulness
initiative or courage: you haven’t the gumption to try

1719, originally Scottish, “common sense, shrewdness,” also “drive, initiative,” possibly connected with Middle English gome “attention, heed,” from Old Norse gaumr “heed, attention.” Sense of “initiative” is first recorded 1812.


Initiative; enterprise; courage; spunk (1831+)


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