Definition of gratuitous:
- Given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or without claim or merit; not required by justice.
- Not called for by the circumstances; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; as, a gratuitous assumption.
- "The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers", John Burroughs.
- "The Man Shakespeare", Frank Harris.
- "More Hunting Wasps", J. Henri Fabre.