gumption gumption  /ˈɡəmp ʃən/


  1. (n) sound practical judgment
  2. (n) fortitude and determination


  1. And here's what really takes gumption.
  2. That is to say, only a heroic and visionary minority has the gumption to resist evil.
  3. Yet there he is, at the wrong end of Main Street, about to be perforated by the unerring trajectory and superior moral gumption of the man in the white hat.


  • Centenarian leads full life that keeps her on the go

    By CLARE MARIE CELANO Staff Writer Carlotta Niles spends a great deal of time reading, cooking for company, enjoying the arts and theater, and playing bridge. She drives a Mercedes-Benz convertible and enjoys an occasional margarita. She still wears high heels to parties and embraces life with gumption and adventure. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: News Transcript


  1. "What we need is political leaders...... who have got the gumption to reflect that Australian call to the Chinese dictators to give Tibet back its freedom, its peace and its rights," Brown told the rally.
    on Mar 10, 2009 By: Bob Brown Source: AFP

  2. "Somebody has to have the gumption to talk about the cycle of dependency," Bauer added. "Someone has to do it. I'm not claiming I have all the answers."
    on Jan 25, 2010 By: Andre Bauer Source: Politico

  3. "Maybe the banks think we don't have the gumption to pull the trigger," Mr. Goddard said.
    on Nov 3, 2009 By: Terry Goddard Source: New York Times

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