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[gruh-too-i-tuh s, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-/

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.
given or received without payment or obligation
without cause; unjustified
(law) given or made without receiving any value in return: a gratuitous agreement

1690s, from gratuitous + -ly (2).

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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