- given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
- being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
- Law. given without receiving any return value.
Origin of gratuitous
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Examples from the Web for gratuitously
Then there is his infuriating penchant for gratuitously offering compromises before a policy debate has even begun.Why Women are Fed Up
October 29, 2010
They were not going to stop in the hall to be grossly and gratuitously insulted!Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
He had been gratuitously insulted in the midst of his new dignities.IT and Other Stories
He now changed his tactics, and resolved to board and lodge with her gratuitously.Philosopher Jack
But they were not gratuitously gone into, on the part of England; far from that.
It was a willing service and gratuitously performed, for the good of men.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
- given or received without payment or obligation
- without cause; unjustified
- law given or made without receiving any value in returna gratuitous agreement
Word Origin and History for gratuitously
1650s, "freely bestowed," from Latin gratuitus "done without pay, spontaneous, voluntary," from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from gratia "favor" (see grace). Sense of "uncalled for, done without good reason" is first recorded 1690s.