- shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.
"she had the gumption to put her foot down and head Dan off from those crazy schemes"
synonyms: initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, ingenuity, imagination;astuteness, shrewdness, acumen, sense, common sense, wit, mother wit, practicality;
spirit, backbone, pluck, mettle, nerve, courage,wherewithal;
informalget-up-and-go, spunk, oomph, moxie, savvy, horse sense, (street) smarts
the ability to decide what is the best thing to do in a particular situation, and to do it with energy and determination:
She had the gumption to write directly to the company manager and
persuade him to give her a job.