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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.
gratuitously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
gratuitously violent
gratuitousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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