Gratuitous Definition

grə-to͝oĭ-təs, -tyo͝o-
Given or received without charge or payment; free.
Webster's New World
Granted without obligation.
Webster's New World
Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified.
Gratuitous criticism.
American Heritage
Without cause or justification; uncalled-for.
Webster's New World

Origin of Gratuitous

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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