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gratuitous Explained

gratuitous at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gratuitous at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1656, "freely bestowed," from L. gratuitus "free, spontaneous, voluntary," from gratia "favor." Sense of "uncalled for, done without good reason" is first recorded 1691. ///

gratuitous at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1600-1700; Language: Latin; Origin: gratuitus, from gratus; GRATEFUL]// said or done without a good reason, in a way that offends someone// unnecessary// --children's books which include gratuitous violence // -- gratuitously adv // --There is no point in gratuitously antagonizing people.//

gratuitous at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

180 Moby Thesaurus words for "gratuitous":
God-given, accorded, aimless, allowed, amorphous, arbitrary,
autonomous, baseless, bestowed, biggety, bluff, bottomless, brash,
capricious, casual, charitable, cheeky, chutzpadik, cocky,
complimentary, contemptuous, costless, crusty, de trop, derisive,
desultory, disarticulated, discontinuous, discretional,
discretionary, disjunct, disordered, dispensable, dispersed,
disproportionate, disrespectful, elective, eleemosynary, erratic,
excess, expendable, expenseless, expletive, facy, fitful, flip,
flippant, for free, for love, for nothing, formless, free,
free as air, free for nothing, free gratis, free of charge,
free of cost, free will, freebie, fresh, frivolous, gally,
giftlike, given, granted, gratis, groundless, haphazard,
hit-or-miss, immethodical, impertinent, impudent, in excess,
inchoate, incoherent, indefensible, independent, indiscriminate,
irrational, irregular, malapert, meaningless, misshapen, needless,
nervy, nonessential, nonmandatory, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic,
nonuniform, offered, on the house, optional, orderless, pert,
planless, pleonastic, proffered, prolix, promiscuous, providential,
random, reasonless, redundant, rude, sassy, saucy, self-acting,
self-active, self-determined, self-determining, senseless,
shapeless, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass, spare, spasmodic,
spontaneous, sporadic, straggling, straggly, supererogatory,
superfluous, systemless, tautologic, tautologous, to spare,
unarranged, unasked, unbesought, unbidden, unbought, uncalled-for,
unclassified, uncoerced, uncompelled, undirected, unessential,
unforced, unfounded, ungraded, ungrounded, uninfluenced, uninvited,
unjoined, unjustifiable, unjustified, unlooked-for, unmethodical,
unnecessary, unneeded, unordered, unorganized, unpaid-for,
unpressured, unprompted, unrequested, unrequired, unsolicited,
unsorted, unsought, unsupportable, unsymmetrical, unsystematic,
untaxed, ununiform, unwarranted, unwelcome, vague, verbose,
voluntary, volunteer, vouchsafed, wandering, wanton, willful,
willing, wise-ass, without charge

gratuitous at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Intuition): intuitive, instinctive, impulsive, gratuitous, unreasonable, illogical.

gratuitous at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(disapproving) done without any good reason or purpose and often having harmful effects
gratuitous violence on television
gratuitously adverb:
The film was gratuitously offensive.

Gratuitous at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Gratuitous \Gra*tu"i*tous\a. [L. gratuitus, from gratus
pleasing. See {Grate}, a., {Gratis.}]
1. Given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred
without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or
without claim or merit; not required by justice.

We mistake the gratuitous blessings of Heaven for
the fruits of our own industry. --L'Estrange.

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

Acts of gratuitous self-humiliation. --De Quincye.
-- {Gra*tu"i*tous*ly}, adv. -- {Gra*tu"i*tous*ness}, n.

gratuitous at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: without cause; "a gratuitous insult"
2: costing nothing; "complimentary tickets" [syn: {complimentary},
{costless}, {free}, {gratis(p)}]
3: unnecessary and unwarranted; "a strikers' tent camp...was
burned with needless loss of life" [syn: {needless}, {uncalled-for}]

gratuitous at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » gratuitus||free|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » gratia||favor|lang=la, Inter: term » gratus||showing favor|lang=la


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ɡɹəˈtjuː.ɪt.əs/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /gr@"tu:.It.@s/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ɡɹəˈtu.ɪt.əs/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /gr@"tu.It.@s/
  • : Inter: audio » en-us-gratuitous.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • Given freely; unearned.
    1. Not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.
    2. : gratuitous violence


      * unjustified

  • groundless
  • baseless
  • unfounded
  • unnecessary


    * onerous

    Derived terms

    * gratuitousness
  • gratuitous praise
  • gratuitous violence

    Related terms

    * gratis
  • gratuity

    Coordinate terms

    * superfluous


    Inter: trans-top » given freely
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ilmainen, Inter: t- » fi|pyyteetön, Inter: t- » fi|ansaitsematon; Inter: t- » fi|vastikkeeton
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|gratis

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|бесплатный, Inter: t+ » ru|безвозмездный, Inter: t- » ru|незаслуженный
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|ücretsiz

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » not called for by the circumstances
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|tarpeeton, Inter: t+ » fi|perusteeton, Inter: t+ » fi|aiheeton
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|unnötig, Inter: t+ » de|überflüssig
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|indokolatlan, Inter: t+ » hu|fölösleges

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|беспричинный, Inter: t- » ru|необоснованный
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|fuzuli, Inter: t+ » tr|gereksiz, Inter: t+ » tr|lüzumsuz

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

    Translation: et » gratuitous
    Translation: io » gratuitous
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    Translation: my » gratuitous
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    Translation: ru » gratuitous
    Translation: fi » gratuitous
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    Translation: zh » gratuitous