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Definition of gratuitous:

  1. Given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or without claim or merit; not required by justice.
  2. Not called for by the circumstances; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; as, a gratuitous assumption.


uncalled-for, free, money, unpaid, gratis, costless, supererogative, unneeded, supererogatory, wanton, unessential, unwarranted, needless, unnecessary, unmerited, complimentary, necessary.

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