Definition of gratuitous in English:

gratuitous

adjective

  • 1Done without good reason; uncalled for.

    ‘gratuitous violence’
    • ‘This adaptation will have its critics, and it'll be hard to answer their accusations of gratuitous violence.’
    • ‘He will be shown gratuitous sex and graphic violence, hidden behind innuendo and called a romantic comedy.’
    • ‘In other words, humour should be neither gratuitous nor excessive, but judicious.’
    • ‘His death seemed so gratuitous, so uncalled for, that at first I couldn't figure out why it was in the film.’
    • ‘There are people who turn out for these things solely to indulge in a bit of gratuitous violence, hoping it'll spread.’
    • ‘It is extremely painful to watch and yet the violence is never gratuitous.’
    • ‘Extreme violence, at times gratuitous, is a recurring motif in his early films.’
    • ‘This is gratuitous violence, sick, bone-crunching, vicious and obscene.’
    • ‘The gratuitous gossip included claims of domestic violence, adultery and abusive relationships.’
    • ‘And indeed, it's hard to imagine a device that inflicts more gratuitous damage on the environment.’
    • ‘Graphic, gratuitous sex is as commonplace as graphic, gratuitous violence and no-one bats an eyelid.’
    • ‘I don't think there's an audience for gratuitous blasphemy or for gratuitous swearing - because it's boring.’
    • ‘Once you've got over all the rampant misogyny and gratuitous, comic-book violence, it's an entertaining night in.’
    • ‘And no films with gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity were allowed.’
    • ‘I was unimpressed by the litany of self - destruction, violence and gratuitous sexism.’
    • ‘These are the people who like to censor rap lyrics and condemn gratuitous violence, and the violence here seems pretty gratuitous.’
    • ‘The violence gets fairly gratuitous, but again, depending on your taste, maybe that's a selling point.’
    • ‘Now, the only thing left to talk about is all of the gratuitous violence, which will certainly be a hot topic, no matter how well the film does.’
    • ‘The violence was gratuitous and appalling, but the film could be dismissed as essentially cartoonish.’
    • ‘Is the film a gratuitous violence fest or maybe just a blatant metaphor for how greed corrupts?’
    unjustified, without reason, uncalled for, unwarranted, unprovoked, undue
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  • 2Given or done free of charge.

    ‘solicitors provide a form of gratuitous legal advice’
    • ‘It was a voluntary and gratuitous offer by the chambers to provide education and training.’
    • ‘We are not aware of any cases in which the nonlawyer provider of gratuitous legal advice, such as to a friend or relative, was charged under these laws.’
    • ‘Court employees should cite this Principle when pressed by those seeking gratuitous legal advice.’
    • ‘These licences are essentially gratuitous, since if any charge was made for them, they would be regarded as contractual.’
    • ‘They were gratuitous volunteers, not bona fide purchasers for value without notice.’
    free, gratis, complimentary, voluntary, volunteer, unpaid, unrewarded, unsalaried, free of charge, without charge, for nothing, at no cost, without payment
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin gratuitus ‘given freely, spontaneous’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

gratuitous

/ɡrəˈtjuːɪtəs/