From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



From gratuitous +‎ -ness.


gratuitousness (uncountable)

  1. The characteristic or state of being gratuitous.
    Synonyms: needlessness, unnecessariness
    • 1894, Thomas Hardy, “For Conscience’ Sake”, in Life’s Little Ironies [], London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., [], →OCLC, page 27:
      Whether the utilitarian or the intuitive theory of the moral sense be upheld, it 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.