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gra·tu·i·tous

 (grə-to͞o′ĭ-təs, -tyo͞o′-)
adj.
1. Given or granted without return or recompense; unearned.
2. Given or received without cost or obligation; free.
3. Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified: gratuitous criticism.

[From Latin grātuītus; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

gra·tu′i·tous·ly adv.
gra·tu′i·tous·ness n.

gratuitous

(ɡrəˈtjuːɪtəs)
adj
1. given or received without payment or obligation
2. without cause; unjustified
3. (Law) law given or made without receiving any value in return: a gratuitous agreement.
[C17: from Latin grātuītus, from grātia favour]
graˈtuitously adv
graˈtuitousness n

gra•tu•i•tous

(grəˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-)

adj.
1. given, done, or obtained without charge; free; voluntary.
2. being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
3. Law. given without receiving any return value.
[1650–60; < Latin grātuītus, derivative of grātus thankful; for formation see fortuitous]
gra•tu′i•tous•ly, adv.
gra•tu′i•tous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gratuitous - without cause; "a gratuitous insult"
unmerited - not merited or deserved; "received an unmerited honorary degree"
2.gratuitous - costing nothing; "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"
unpaid - not paid; "unpaid wages"; "an unpaid bill"
3.gratuitous - unnecessary and unwarrantedgratuitous - unnecessary and unwarranted; "a strikers' tent camp...was burned with needless loss of life"
unnecessary, unneeded - not necessary

gratuitous

adjective unjustified, unnecessary, needless, unfounded, unwarranted, superfluous, wanton, unprovoked, groundless, baseless, uncalled-for, unmerited, causeless The film has been criticized for its gratuitous violence.
unjustified relevant, provoked, justifiable, well-founded

gratuitous

adjective
1. Costing nothing:
Idiom: on the house.
2. Not required, necessary, or warranted by the circumstances of the case:
Translations
لا مُبَرِّر لهمَجّاني
bezdůvodnýbezplatný
gratisuberettigetumotiveret
indokolatlan
endurgjaldslaus, ókeypistilefnislaus, ástæîulaus

gratuitous

[grəˈtjuːɪtəs] ADJ (= free) → gratuito; (= needless) [violence, sex] → gratuito

gratuitous

[grəˈtjuːɪtəs] adj [violence] → gratuit(e)

gratuitous

adjüberflüssig, unnötig; (= unasked-for)unerwünscht

gratuitous

[grəˈtjuːɪtəs] adjgratuito/a

gratuity

(grəˈtjuəti) plural graˈtuities noun
a small sum of money given as a reward for good service; a tip.
graˈtuitous adjective
1. (derogatory) done, said etc without good reason or excuse or when not wanted. gratuitous insults.
2. done, given etc without payment. gratuitous advice.
graˈtuitously adverb
graˈtuitousness noun
References in classic literature ?
Scorn, bitterness, unprovoked malignity, gratuitous desire of ill, ridicule of whatever was good and holy, all awoke to tempt, even while they frightened him.
Miss Garth's elaborate satire, addressed to her while she was in this frame of mind, was a purely gratuitous waste of Miss Garth's breath.
My private opinion is, that this was entirely a gratuitous assumption, and that Pidger was altogether innocent of any such sentiments - to which he had never given any sort of expression that I could ever hear of.
Fearless and wicked as they are, they dare not attempt such open and gratuitous cruelty
Well, the superfluous proletariat destroyed, there will remain a population of capitalists living on gratuitous imports and served by a disaffected retinue.
To no class of persons is the presentation of a gratuitous opera-box more acceptable than to the wealthy millionaire, who still hugs economy while boasting of carrying a king's ransom in his waistcoat pocket.
The traveller took the child in his arms and wrapped his cloak about him, while his heart stirred with shame and anger against the gratuitous cruelty of the instruments in this persecution.
He had hardly returned from the marquee with the prize in his hand, when it began to be understood that Wiry Ben proposed to amuse the company, before the gentry went to dinner, with an impromptu and gratuitous performance--namely, a hornpipe, the main idea of which was doubtless borrowed; but this was to be developed by the dancer in so peculiar and complex a manner that no one could deny him the praise of originality.
This distinction was rather a gratuitous concession made by the poorer and less polished part of the population than a right claimed by the favored few.
vociferated the General as, turning to the Frenchman, he declared that my bringing about of the incident had been gratuitous.
He would never stand there again; it was gratuitous dreariness.
His presence, the gratuitous sacrifice of his own life, would have added only another and a needless agony to the last moments of the dying man; but concealment had imparted to a justifiable act much of the secret effect of guilt; and Reuben, while reason told him that he had done right, experienced in no small degree the mental horrors which punish the perpetrator of undiscovered crime.