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gratuitous

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1 not costing or charging anything
  • they will throw in a gratuitous box of chocolates when you spend $30 or more in their shop

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2 not needed by the circumstances or to accomplish an end
  • that violent scene was completely gratuitous and didn't need to be in the movie at all

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“Gratuitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gratuitous. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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