gratuitous Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"gratuitous" in British English

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gratuitousadjective

uk   /ɡrəˈtjuː.ɪ.təs/  us   /-ˈtuː.ə.t̬əs/ disapproving
(of something such as ​badbehaviour) not ​necessary, or with no ​cause: A lot of ​viewerscomplained 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/
(Definition of gratuitous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gratuitous" in American English

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gratuitousadjective

 us   /ɡrəˈtu·ɪ·t̬əs/
not ​necessary; with no ​reasonablecause: There were too many gratuitous ​personalinsultsthroughout the ​debate.
(Definition of gratuitous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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