gra·tu·itous /grəˈtuətəs, ˈtju-/
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.
adj 1: without cause; "a gratuitous insult"
2: costing nothing; "complimentary tickets" [syn: complimentary,
costless, free, gratis(p)]
3: unnecessary and unwarranted; "a strikers' tent camp...was
burned with needless loss of life" [syn: needless, uncalled-for]