What does the word gratuitous mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Gratuitousness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Gratuitously.

Usage examples for gratuitous

  1. There is no gratuitous distribution of victuals. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. The idea that Galileo had thus cast ridicule upon his friend and patron is no doubt a gratuitous and insulting libel: there is no telling whether or not Urban believed it, but certainly his countenance changed to Galileo henceforward, and whether overruled by his Cardinals, or actuated by some other motive, his favour was completely withdrawn. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  3. I have long wished for a proper occasion to have the gratuitous opinion in Marbury v. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson