Definition of gratuitous in English:

gratuitous

Line breaks: gra¦tuit|ous
Pronunciation: /grəˈtjuːɪtəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

gratuitously

adverb
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  • Free speech does not mean having the right gratuitously to offend others, he said.
  • ‘It was bellicose and gratuitously insulting language to the majority of people on this island who want to see a peaceful future,’ he said.
  • Unable to resist, they then gratuitously add this.

gratuitousness

noun
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  • I love the gratuitousness, the unnecessariness, the blood.
  • But he rejects any charge of gratuitousness, citing a more political, and more personal, reason for their inclusion.
  • What's remarkable about his filmmaking is the ability to present scenes of shocking defilement without a hint of prurience or gratuitousness.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin gratuitus 'given freely, spontaneous' + -ous.

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