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Synonyms for gratuitous
grəˈtu ɪ təs, -ˈtyu-gra·tu·itous

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  1. gratuitousadjective

    unfounded, unnecessary, baseless, unjustified, groundless


  2. gratuitousadjective

    Given freely; unearned.

    unfounded, groundless, baseless, unjustified, unnecessary


  3. gratuitousadjective

    Not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.

    gratuitous violence

    unnecessary, unfounded, unjustified, groundless, baseless


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gratuitous

    free, uncompensated, voluntary, unwarranted, groundless, wanton, unnecessary, unsought

    compulsory, involuntary, obligatory, necessitated, warranted, well-founded

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gratuitousadjective

    without cause

    "a gratuitous insult"

    complimentary, needless, costless, free, gratis(p), uncalled-for

    necessary, deserved, paid, merited

  2. complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), gratuitousadjective

    costing nothing

    "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"

    merited, paid, deserved, necessary

  3. gratuitous, needless, uncalled-foradjective

    unnecessary and unwarranted

    "a strikers' tent camp...was burned with needless loss of life"

    complimentary, needless, costless, free, gratis(p), uncalled-for

    merited, deserved, necessary, paid

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. gratuitousadjective

    voluntary, free, spontaneous, of one's own accord

  2. gratuitousadjective

    unwarranted, unfounded, groundless, without proof

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. gratuitousadjective

    spontaneous, free, voluntary, unrepaid, unrequited, uncalled for, unwarranted, unfounded

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "gratuitous":

    free, unfounded, unprovoked, unjustified

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How to use gratuitous in a sentence?

  1. Aldous Huxley:

    You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.

  2. Gregg Popovich:

    It’s way better with fans, that’s just not a gratuitous comment, it’s for real. It helps you generate competitiveness. It makes everything more enjoyable. Players react to it. So, having fans is fantastic. No pun intended.

  3. Kevin Bacon:

    In so many films and TV shows we see gratuitous female nudity, and that’s not OK… It’s OK, but it’s not fair to actresses and it’s not fair to actors because we want to be naked, too.

  4. Steve Shaw:

    It’s very gratuitous, and although I’m not religious, I can see why some would see it as sacrilegious, it could have been done in a different way.

  5. Nils Melzer:

    In my view, all of the incidents shown in this video require independent investigation and most of them are likely to merit prosecution, clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering … constitutes a grave violation of human dignity and of the universal code of conduct for law enforcement officials.

Translations for gratuitous

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • gratis, nutzlos, kostenlos, überflüssig, unnötigGerman
  • gratuitoSpanish
  • ansaitsematon, ilmainen, pyyteetön, aiheeton, vastikkeeton, perusteeton, tarpeetonFinnish
  • gratuitFrench
  • अहेतुकHindi
  • fölösleges, indokolatlanHungarian
  • gratis, kosteloos, gratuit, ongegrondDutch
  • бесплатный, необоснованный, беспричинный, незаслуженный, безвозмездныйRussian
  • omotiverad, oförtjänt, onödig, oberättigad, meningslös, opåkallad, ogrundadSwedish
  • gereksiz, ücretsiz, lüzumsuz, fuzuliTurkish

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