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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Gratuitous  \Gra*tu"i*tous\a.  [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. 
  We  mistake  the  gratuitous  blessings  of  Heaven  for 
  the  fruits  of  our  own  industry.  --L'Estrange. 
  2.  Not  called  for  by  the  circumstances;  without  reason, 
  cause  or  proof;  adopted  or  asserted  without  any  good 
  ground;  as  a  gratuitous  assumption. 
  Acts  of  gratuitous  self-humiliation.  --De  Quincye. 
  --  {Gra*tu"i*tous*ly},  adv  --  {Gra*tu"i*tous*ness},  n.