• (British) IPA: /ɡɹəˈtjuː.ɪ.tə, /ɡɹəˈtʃuː.ɪ.tə
  • (America) IPA: /ɡɹəˈtu.ə.tə, /ɡɹəˈtju.ə.tə


  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 […]
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