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Meaning of gratuitously by Wiktionary Dictionary

gratuitously


    Etymology

    From gratuitous +‎ -ly .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɡɹəˈtjuː.ɪ.təs.li/, /ɡɹəˈtʃuː.ɪ.təs.li/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɡɹəˈtu.ə.təs.li/, /ɡɹəˈtju.ə.təs.li/

    Adverb

    gratuitously ( comparative more gratuitously, superlative most gratuitously )

    1. Freely; in the manner of a gift, without being earned.
    2. In a manner not demanded by the circumstances, without reason, justification, cause, or proof.
      • 1881, Samuel Tolver Preston, “On Action at a Distance”, Philosophical Magazine 15:38-39
        Secondly, Mr. Browne concludes, apparently rather gratuitously, on page 441 as follows […]


Explanation of gratuitously by Wordnet Dictionary

gratuitously


    Adverb
    1. in an uncalled-for manner

    2. he insulted us gratuitously