Meaning of “gratuitous” in the English Dictionary

"gratuitous" in British English

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gratuitousadjective

uk /ɡrəˈtʃuː.ɪ.təs/ us /ɡrəˈtuː.ə.t̬əs/ disapproving
gratuitously
adverb uk /ɡrəˈtʃuː.ɪ.təs.li/ us /ɡrəˈtuː.ə.t̬əs.li/

gratuitously violent
gratuitousness
noun [ U ] uk /ɡrəˈtʃuː.ɪ.təs.nəs/ us /ɡrəˈtuː.ə.t̬əs.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 reasonable cause:

There were too many gratuitous personal insults throughout the debate.

(Definition of “gratuitous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)