gumption | gumptious

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fortitude and determination

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gumption - guts

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If somebody has ‘gumption’ they are capable of working out what needs to be done in a particular situation and have the courage to do it. It is an informal word that is always used in a positive sense as it implies initiative, common sense, determination, and bravery.

Synonyms enterprise,initiative
Antonyms timidity,cowardice,cowed

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  1. I know Robert isn’t the most qualified job candidate, but I’m giving him the position because I like his gumption.

  2. I’m putting Anna in charge of the marketing campaign. Only she has the gumption to pull it off.

  3. The entrepreneur has a reputation for efficiency, and she was every bit as gumptious as I had heard.

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