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

n fortitude and determination

backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand
Type of:
strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

n sound practical judgment

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