Definitions

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  • adv. Freely; in the manner of a gift, without being earned.
  • adv. In a manner not demanded by the circumstances, without reason, justification, cause, or proof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a gratuitous manner; without cost to the recipient, freely.
  • Without sufficient cause or reason: as, a principle gratuitously assumed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an uncalled-for manner

Etymologies

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From gratuitous +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • I wouldn’t put them in gratuitously, either, for no particular reason.

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Interview with Jules Watson, Part 2

  • I don't think Canadians buy into the idea of gratuitously being offensive.

    What Plagues The Liberal Party

  • Being in a country where many don't speak English, you can drop the f-word gratuitously when you are angry enough.

    Blogbot - forsiden

  • The major local daily in Toronto, the Toronto Star, says it doesn't believe in "gratuitously" labelling people by ethnic origin.

    America's top cop tells Canadians the truth about crime and race:

  • However, giving Earthlife opportunity to write "gratuitously" to the consultants did not constitute a hearing.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • And frankly, given that Keyes has exactly no chance of winning, it just seems kind of gratuitously cruel to invade her privacy.

    Keyes’s Daughter

  • Yet it did not enter into the composition of his religious faith, and this shows that his religious faith, though entirely free from suspicion of insincerity or ostentatious assumption, was like deism in so many cases, whether rationalistic or emotional, a kind of gratuitously adopted superfluity, not the satisfaction of a profound inner craving and resistless spiritual necessity.

    Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)

  • In our present state we may drink of the stream, then we shall drink at the Fountain. freely -- Greek, "gratuitously": the same Greek as is translated, "(They hated Me) without a cause," Joh 15: 25.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • A Town Court judge in Saratoga County, N.Y., has been censured for "gratuitously" invoking his judicial status when asking prison officials to confiscate documents from an inmate.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • The suit "gratuitously" raises the question of whether the referendum was valid, something that undermines its own case, he said.

    chron.com Chronicle

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