a contract for the benefit of only one of the parties, the other party receiving nothing as consideration.
[gruh-too-i-tuh s, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-/ adjective 1. given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary. 2. being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult. 3. Law. given without receiving any return value. /ɡrəˈtjuːɪtəs/ adjective 1. given or received without payment or obligation 2. without cause; unjustified 3. (law) […]
[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/ noun, plural gratuities. 1. a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip. 2. something given without claim or demand. 3. British. /ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip 2. something […]
[grach-uh-leyt] /ˈgrætʃ əˌleɪt/ Archaic. verb (used with object), gratulated, gratulating. 1. to hail with joy; express joy at. 2. to congratulate. verb (used without object), gratulated, gratulating. 3. to express joy. /ˈɡrætjʊˌleɪt/ verb (transitive) (archaic) 1. to greet joyously 2. to congratulate v. archaic, 1550s, from Latin gratulatus, past participle of gratulari (see gratulation).
[grach-uh-luh nt] /ˈgrætʃ ə lənt/ adjective 1. expressing gratification; congratulatory.