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gumption | gumptious

gumption gumptious
fortitude and determination
  • How to Memorize
    • gumption - guts
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsmettleenterprise, initiative,
    Antonymstimidity, cowardice, cowed,
  • Example(s)
    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.