gratuitous [gruh-too-i-tuh s, -tyoo-] (previously 04-10-13)
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.
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2. unnecessary, superfluous, redundant; causeless, unreasonable, groundless, unprovoked, unjustified.
Origin: 1650–60; < Latin grātuītus free, freely given, spontaneous, derivative of grātus thankful, received with thanks (for formation cf. fortuitous); see -ous
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