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1. Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness.
2. Guts; spunk.
3. Common sense.
1. Brit common sense or resourcefulness
2. initiative or courage: you haven't the gumption to try.
[C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]
1. initiative; resourcefulness.
2. courage; spunk; guts.
3. common sense; shrewdness.
[1710–20; orig. Scots; pseudo-Latinism perhaps based on gaum (see gormless)]
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|Noun||1.||gumption - sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"|
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
logic - reasoned and reasonable judgment; "it made a certain kind of logic"
nous - common sense; "she has great social nous"
road sense - good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
|2.||gumption - fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"|
fortitude - strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
noun common sense, sense, ability, spirit, initiative, enterprise, wit(s), savvy (slang), acumen, nous (Brit. slang), get-up-and-go (informal), cleverness, resourcefulness, shrewdness, discernment, sagacity, horse sense, astuteness, mother wit He didn't have the gumption to seize the opportunity when it came up.