gratuitously

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From gratuitous +‎ -ly.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdverbEdit

gratuitously (comparative more gratuitously, superlative most gratuitously)

  1. Freely; in the manner of a gift, without being earned.
    • 1854, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, chapter 1
      We should feed and clothe him gratuitously sometimes, and recruit him with our cordials, before we judge of him.
  2. In a manner not demanded by the circumstances, without reason, justification, cause, or proof.

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Last modified on 8 October 2013, at 19:34