[gruh-too-i-tuhs, -tyoo-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. gratitude,
  2. grattage,
  3. grattan,
  4. grattan, henry,
  5. grattoir,
  6. gratuitous contract,
  7. gratuitously,
  8. gratuity,
  9. gratulant,
  10. gratulate

Origin of gratuitous

1650–60; < Latin grātuītus free, freely given, spontaneous, derivative of grātus thankful, received with thanks (for formation cf. fortuitous); see -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedgracious gratis gratuitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gratuitously



given or received without payment or obligation
without cause; unjustified
law given or made without receiving any value in returna gratuitous agreement
Derived Formsgratuitously, adverbgratuitousness, noun

Word Origin for gratuitous

C17: from Latin grātuītus, from grātia favour

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Word Origin and History for gratuitously
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