gratuitous

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From Latin grātuītus (free), from Latin grātia (favor), grātus (showing favor)

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gratuitous (comparative more gratuitous, superlative most gratuitous)

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

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(given freely):

(not called for by the circumstances):

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