Adjective "gratuitous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Done without good reason; uncalled for.
  1. 'I was unimpressed by the litany of self - destruction, violence and gratuitous sexism.'
  2. 'The gratuitous gossip included claims of domestic violence, adultery and abusive relationships.'
  3. 'The violence gets fairly gratuitous, but again, depending on your taste, maybe that's a selling point.'
  4. 'It is extremely painful to watch and yet the violence is never gratuitous.'
  5. 'I don't think there's an audience for gratuitous blasphemy or for gratuitous swearing - because it's boring.'
  6. 'In other words, humour should be neither gratuitous nor excessive, but judicious.'
  7. 'He will be shown gratuitous sex and graphic violence, hidden behind innuendo and called a romantic comedy.'
  8. 'Extreme violence, at times gratuitous, is a recurring motif in his early films.'
  9. 'Is the film a gratuitous violence fest or maybe just a blatant metaphor for how greed corrupts?'
  10. 'Once you've got over all the rampant misogyny and gratuitous, comic-book violence, it's an entertaining night in.'
Given or done free of charge.
  1. 'Court employees should cite this Principle when pressed by those seeking gratuitous legal advice.'
  2. 'These licences are essentially gratuitous, since if any charge was made for them, they would be regarded as contractual.'
  3. '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.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"violences can be gratuitous."

"promises can be gratuitous."

"sexes can be gratuitous."

"risks can be gratuitous."

"remarks can be gratuitous."

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