gra·tu·i·tous /grə-'tü-ə-təs, -'tyü-/ adj: not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration compare onerous
gra·tu·i·tous·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (given without recompense) adjective bestowed, by way of gift, chargeless, charitable, complimentary, contributory, costless, donated, expenseless, for nothing, free, free of cost, free of expense, given, given away, gratis, not charged, not charged for, not subject to a payment, provided without charge, unbought, unpaid, unpaid for, unrecompensed, voluntary, without charge, without compensation, without consideration associated concepts: gratuitous agency, gratuitous allowance, gratuitous bailment, gratuitous contract, gratuitous guest, gratuitous invitee, gratuitous licensee, gratuitous service, gratuitous undertaking, gratuitous use II (unwarranted) adjective additional, baseless, causeless, dispensable, excessive, extraneous, gratuitus, groundless, inapposite, inappropriate, inessential, irrelative, irrelevant, needless, nonpertinent, not fitting, not following, not necessitated, not pertinent, superfluous, uncalled for, unconnected, undesirable, undue, unessential, unfounded, unjustified, unnecessary, unneeded, unprovoked, unrelated, unsuitable, unsuited, without basis, without foundation associated concepts: gratuitous remarks during an examination of a witness III index baseless, donative, elective (voluntary), expendable, free (at no charge), impertinent (irrelevant), inappropriate, irrelevant, needless, nonessential, unnecessary, unpaid, unsolicited, willing (uncompelled)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Done for free; given without expectation of payment.
(2) Unjustified; done without good reason.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Voluntary or free.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Bestowed or granted without consideration or exchange for something of value.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Bestowed or granted without consideration or exchange for something of value.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

adj. or adv.
   voluntary or free.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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  • Gratuitous — Gra*tu i*tousa. [L. gratuitus, from gratus pleasing. See {Grate}, a., {Gratis.}] 1. Given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or without claim or merit; not required by justice.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gratuitous — gra‧tu‧i‧tous [grəˈtjuːtəs ǁ ˈtuː ] adjective LAW given or done without receiving anything in return: • Inheritance tax is concerned with gratuitous transactions …   Financial and business terms

  • gratuitous — [adj1] free chargeless, complimentary, costless, for nothing, gratis, spontaneous, unasked for, unpaid, voluntary, willing; concepts 334,542 Ant. costly, expensive gratuitous [adj2] not necessary assumed, baseless, bottomless, causeless,… …   New thesaurus

  • gratuitous — (adj.) 1650s, freely bestowed, from L. gratuitus done without pay, spontaneous, voluntary, from gratus pleasing, agreeable, from gratia favor (see GRACE (Cf. grace)). Sense of uncalled for, done without good reason is first recorded 1690s …   Etymology dictionary

  • gratuitous — *supererogatory, uncalled for, wanton Analogous words: *voluntary, willing: unrecompensed, unremunerated (see corresponding affirmative verbs at PAY): unprovoked, unexcited (see affirmative verbs at PROVOKE): unjustified, unwarranted (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gratuitous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) uncalled for. 2) free of charge. DERIVATIVES gratuitously adverb gratuitousness noun. ORIGIN Latin gratuitus given freely, spontaneous …   English terms dictionary

  • gratuitous — [grə to͞o′i təs, grətyo͞o′i təs] adj. [L gratuitus < gratus: see GRACE] 1. a) given or received without charge or payment; free b) granted without obligation 2. without cause or justification; uncalled for gratuitously adv …   English World dictionary

  • gratuitous — [[t]grətju͟ːɪtəs, AM tu͟ː [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as gratuitous, you mean that it is unnecessary, and often harmful or upsetting. There s too much crime and gratuitous violence on TV. ...his insistence on offering gratuitous… …   English dictionary

  • gratuitous — Given or granted without valuable or legal consideration. A term applied to deeds of conveyance and to bailments and other contracts. In old English law, voluntary; without force, fear, or favor. As to gratuitous bailment gratuitous contract… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gratuitous — adjective Etymology: Latin gratuitus, from gratus Date: 1656 1. a. given unearned or without recompense b. not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration c. costing nothing ; free 2. not called for by the circumstances ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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