October 15th, 2019

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Tuesday word: Gratuitous

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Gratuitous (adjective)
gra·tu·i·tous [gruh-too-i-tuhs, -tyoo-]

1. given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
2. being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
3. Law. given without receiving any return value.

gra·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
gra·tu·i·tous·ness, noun
non·gra·tu·i·tous, adjective
non·gra·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
non·gra·tu·i·tous·ness, noun
un·gra·tu·i·tous, adjective
un·gra·tu·i·tous·ly, adverb
un·gra·tu·i·tous·ness, noun

Can be confused: gracious, gratis

spontaneous, unwarranted, baseless, wanton, needless, unjustified, groundless, superfluous, unfounded, unprovoked, complimentary, gratis, unpaid, voluntary, willing, chargeless, costless, assumed, bottomless, indefensible

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2. unnecessary, superfluous, redundant; causeless, unreasonable, groundless, unprovoked, unjustified.

Origin: 1650–60; < Latin gratuitus free, freely given, spontaneous, derivative of gratus thankful, received with thanks (for formation cf. fortuitous); see -ous

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