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Definitions for gratuitous
grəˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-gra·tu·itous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gratuitousadjective

    without cause

    "a gratuitous insult"

  2. complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), gratuitousadjective

    costing nothing

    "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"

  3. gratuitous, needless, uncalled-foradjective

    unnecessary and unwarranted

    "a strikers' tent camp...was burned with needless loss of life"


  1. gratuitousadjective

    Given freely; unearned.

  2. gratuitousadjective

    Not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.

    gratuitous violence

  3. Etymology: From gratuitus, from gratia, gratus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GRATUITOUSadjective

    Etymology: gratuitus, Latin; gratuit, Fr.

    We mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry. Roger L'Estrange.

    The second motive they had to introduce this gratuitous declination of atoms, the same poet gives us. John Ray.


  1. gratuitous

    Gratuitous refers to something that is done or given freely, voluntarily, or without any specific reason or cause. It can also refer to something that is uncalled for, unwarranted, or lacking good ground or reason.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gratuitousadjective

    given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or without claim or merit; not required by justice

  2. Gratuitousadjective

    not called for by the circumstances; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; as, a gratuitous assumption

  3. Etymology: [L. gratuitus, from gratus pleasing. See Grate, a., Gratis.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gratuitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gratuitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of gratuitous in a Sentence

  1. Danielle Sheypuk:

    If Kylie was known to be actively working to bring beautiful women with disabilities into the spotlight that she enjoys, I would say' Brava' ! if she were sharing the photo shoot with a model with a disability, it wouldn't seem as gratuitous and gimmicky as it does.

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.

  3. Kevin Bacon:

    In so many films and TV shows we see gratuitous female nudity, and that’s not OK… It’s OK, but it’s not fair to actresses and it’s not fair to actors because we want to be naked, too.

  4. Amanda Seales:

    We deserve a break, and when I say 'we,' I mean all us black folks, watching the kneeling, the gratuitous Kente cloth, the 'I take responsibility' speeches and saying to ourselves, 'Wow. Y'all goofy.'.

  5. Nils Melzer:

    In my view, all of the incidents shown in this video require independent investigation and most of them are likely to merit prosecution, clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering … constitutes a grave violation of human dignity and of the universal code of conduct for law enforcement officials.

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  • gratis, nutzlos, kostenlos, überflüssig, unnötigGerman
  • gratuitoSpanish
  • ansaitsematon, ilmainen, pyyteetön, aiheeton, vastikkeeton, perusteeton, tarpeetonFinnish
  • gratuitFrench
  • अहेतुकHindi
  • fölösleges, indokolatlanHungarian
  • gratis, kosteloos, gratuit, ongegrondDutch
  • бесплатный, необоснованный, беспричинный, незаслуженный, безвозмездныйRussian
  • omotiverad, oförtjänt, onödig, oberättigad, meningslös, opåkallad, ogrundadSwedish
  • gereksiz, ücretsiz, lüzumsuz, fuzuliTurkish

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