V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. good common sense and practical judgment; 2. the courage and determination to take action

Synonyms: sense, wisdom, sagacity, determination, initiative, fortitude, courage

Antonyms: stupidity, cowardice

Tips: To say that someone has gumption means that the person demonstrates self-motivation and initiative to succeed. Someone with gumption has the ability and sound judgment to decide what is best in a particular situation and to do it with determination. Gumption also denotes courage and the will to stand up and do what is right.

Usage Examples:

You have to give the young manager credit for gumption, as he was not afraid to stand up and question the CEO's ideas in the meeting. (initiative, fortitude)

I always knew he possessed the gumption needed to succeed in this difficult business. (determination, fortitude)

Kristi had the gumption to challenge her company's policies and was able to incite much needed change. (sense, initiative, courage)

The success of this business is due in large part to her gumption as a leader. (wisdom, fortitude)

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