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Definition of gratuitous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    gratuitous

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ɡrəˈtuət̮əs//
     
    (disapproving)
     
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  1. 1done without any good reason or purpose and often having harmful effects synonym unnecessary
  2. 2 gratuitous violence on television
gratuitously
 
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adverb The film was gratuitously offensive.
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