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gumption (n.)

1719, originally Scottish, "common sense, shrewdness, acuteness of practical understanding," also "drive, initiative," possibly connected with Middle English gome "attention, heed," from Old Norse gaumr "heed, attention." Sense of "initiative" is first recorded 1812. Related: Gumptious (adj.), attested from 1823.

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Definitions of gumption from WordNet

gumption (n.)
sound practical judgment;
Synonyms: common sense / good sense / horse sense / sense / mother wit
gumption (n.)
fortitude and determination;
Synonyms: backbone / grit / guts / moxie / sand
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