Etymology
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gratuitously (adv.)

1690s, "without cause or reason," from gratuitous + -ly (2). From 1716 as "without cost to the recipient."

updated on April 16, 2015

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Definitions of gratuitously from WordNet

gratuitously (adv.)
in an uncalled-for manner;
he insulted us gratuitously
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