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This page has two definitions of gratuitously in English. Gratuitously is an adverb. Also define these 9 related words and terms: freely, gift, earned, demand, circumstance, reason, justification, cause, and proof.



From gratuitous +‎ -ly.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəˈtjuː.ɪ.təs.li/, /ɡɹəˈtʃuː.ɪ.təs.li/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹəˈtu.ə.təs.li/, /ɡɹəˈtju.ə.təs.li/


gratuitously (comparative more gratuitously, superlative most gratuitously)

  1. Freely; in the manner of a gift, without being earned.
    • 1854, Henry David Thoreau, chapter 1, in Walden:
      We should feed and clothe him gratuitously sometimes, and recruit him with our cordials, before we judge of him.
    • Earned definition
      simple past tense and past participle of earn
  2. In a manner not demanded by the circumstances, without reason, justification, cause, or proof.
    • Proof definition
      An effort, process, or operation designed to establish or discover a fact or truth; an act of testing; a test; a trial. (1 of 11 proof definitions)


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