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gratuitous

adjective uk   /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
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
gratuitously violentToo much and unnecessary
gratuitousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Too much and unnecessary
(Definition of gratuitous from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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