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- Given freely; unearned.
- 2023 January 11, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: castles and cathedrals”, in RAIL, number 974, page 56:
- Also mentioned is the Rev. T. Stock, who has a tablet in St John's church [Gloucester] and "who with Raikes established the four original Sunday schools in this parish ... in 1780. From this small beginning sprung that gratuitous system of Christian instruction which has covered the face of England and Wales with schools."
- Unjustified or unnecessary; not called for by the circumstances.
- Synonym: uncalled-for
- gratuitous violence
(not called for by the circumstances):
not called for by the circumstances