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gumption

noun gump·tion \ˈgəm(p)-shən\

: courage and confidence

Full Definition of GUMPTION

1
chiefly dialect :  common sense, horse sense
2
:  enterprise, initiative <lacked the gumption to try>

Examples of GUMPTION

  1. It took a lot of gumption to speak up for yourself like that.
  2. <that girl has no more gumption than a grasshopper and is likely to marry the first man who comes along>

Origin of GUMPTION

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1719

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