Gratuitous meaning

grə-to͝oĭ-təs, -tyo͝o-
Given or received without cost or obligation; free.
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Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified.

Gratuitous criticism.

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Without cause or justification; uncalled-for.
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The definition of gratuitous is something that is given for free, unnecessary or not called for.

An example of gratuitous is when an accountant gives you free tax advice.

An example of gratuitous is a movie that has nudity in it for no reason.

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Given or granted without return or recompense; unearned.
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Given freely; unearned.
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Not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.

Gratuitous violence.

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Origin of gratuitous

  • From Latin grātuītus gwerə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin gratuitus (“free”), from Latin gratia (“favor”), gratus (“showing favor”)

    From Wiktionary