gratuitousness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gratuitous +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

gratuitousness (uncountable)

  1. The state or characteristic of being gratuitous.
    • 1894, Thomas Hardy, Life's Little Ironies, ch. 1:
      [I]t is beyond question that there are a few subtle-souled persons with whom the absolute gratuitousness of an act of reparation is an inducement to perform it; while exhortation as to its necessity would breed excuses for leaving it undone.

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