Meaning of gratuitous

gra•tu•i•tous

Pronunciation: (gru-t'i-tus, -ty'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
  2. being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
  3. given without receiving any return value.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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