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gratuitous

adjective     /ɡrəˈtjuː.ɪ.təs/ US  /-ˈtuː.ə.t̬əs/ disapproving
(of something such as bad behaviour) not necessary, or with no cause: A lot of viewers complained that there was too much gratuitous sex and violence in the film.Too much and unnecessary gratuitously     /-li/ adverb gratuitously violentToo much and unnecessary gratuitousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Too much and unnecessary
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