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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: gratuitus, from gratus; GRATEFUL

gratuitous

adjective
     
gra‧tu‧i‧tous
said or done without a good reason, in a way that offends someone [= unnecessary]:
children's books which include gratuitous violence
gratuitously adverb:
There is no point in gratuitously antagonizing people.

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