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gratuitous

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adjective gra·tu·itous \grə-ˈtü-ə-təs, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of gratuitous

  • : not necessary or appropriate

Full Definition of gratuitous

  1. 1 a :  given unearned or without recompense b :  not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration c :  costing nothing :  free

  2. 2 :  not called for by the circumstances :  unwarranted <gratuitous insolence> <a gratuitous assumption>

gra·tu·itous·ly adverb
gra·tu·itous·ness noun

Examples of gratuitous

  1. The film was criticized for its gratuitous violence.

  2. <they will throw in a gratuitous box of chocolates when you spend $30 or more in their shop>



Origin of gratuitous

Latin gratuitus, from gratus


First Known Use: 1656

Rhymes with gratuitous



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