- 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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- given or received without payment or obligation
- without cause; unjustified
- law given or made without receiving any value in returna gratuitous agreement
C17: from Latin grātuītus, from grātia favour
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Word Origin and History for non-gratuitous
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.
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