[gruh-too-i-tuh s, -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.
Origin of gratuitous
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2. unnecessary, superfluous, redundant; causeless, unreasonable, groundless, unprovoked, unjustified.
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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
Word Origin and History for ungratuitous
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper