Gratuitous - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡrəˈtuːɪtəs|  American pronunciation of the word gratuitous
Brit.  |ɡrəˈtjuːɪtəs|  British pronunciation of the word gratuitous

adjective

- without cause

a gratuitous insult

- costing nothing (syn: complimentary, costless, free, gratis)
- unnecessary and unwarranted (syn: needless, uncalled-for)

Examples

The film was criticized for its gratuitous violence.

...they will throw in a gratuitous box of chocolates when you spend $30 or more in their shop...

There is no point in gratuitously antagonizing people.

children's books which include gratuitous violence

It used to be that men “conquered” mountains in a cacophony of gratuitous chest-thumping.

...experiencing a moment of unusual continence, I refrained from returning her gratuitous insult...

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