a : given unearned or without recompense
b : not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration
c : costing nothing : free
: 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
- The film was criticized for its gratuitous violence.
- <they will throw in a gratuitous box of chocolates when you spend $30 or more in their shop>
Origin of GRATUITOUS
First Known Use: 1656
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