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Meaning of GRATUITOUS

Pronunciation:  gru'tooitus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  without cause; "a gratuitous insult"
  2. [adj]  unnecessary and unwarranted; "a strikers' tent camp...was burned with needless loss of life"
  3. [adj]  costing nothing; "complimentary tickets"
 

GRATUITOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), needless, uncalled-for, unmerited, unnecessary, unneeded, unpaid
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Gra*tu"i*tous\a. [L. gratuitus, from gratus
pleasing. See {Grate}, a., {Gratis.}]
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.
   -- {Gra*tu"i*tous*ly}, adv. -- {Gra*tu"i*tous*ness}, n.

 
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