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) Gratuitously, Gratuitousness.
Origin: L. Gratuitus, from gratus pleasing. See grate, Gratis.
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... NIH, the more I can set out reasons, of a logical and legal nature, why you should! I did say, in the past, not to allow this site to be used for gratuitous insulting of those trying to help, and especially of Tam tam, who, if he is telling the truth, is most assuredly your only hope of the truth ...
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