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Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Gratuitous \Gra*tu"i*tous\a. [L. gratuitus, from gratus
   pleasing. See {Grate}, a., {Gratis.}]
   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.
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