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

The term gratuitous is applied to deeds, bailments, and other contractual agreements.

A gratuity is something given by someone who has no obligation to give and can be used in reference to a bribe or tip.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


adj. or adv. voluntary or free.

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given or made without receiving any value in return.
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gratuitousness of the unavailable act, which is inappropriate to action
At times, Green's language can border on bawdy, though he never crosses the line of gratuitousness or needlessness.
Gratuitousness is present in our lives in many different forms, which often go unrecognized because of a purely consumerist and utilitarian view of life.
"His poetry struggled between silence and scream and easily switched from ludic gratuitousness to tragedy" (Duna 2003: 14).
Every act of giving relates back to this the first gift, that of the Holy Spirit, issuing in a principle of gratuitousness flowing from the heart of the Godhead.
Balthasar's retrieval of a premodern notion of symbol likewise retrieves the aesthetic character of the Christian faith; to believe is to be drawn into and surrender to the Beautiful as a love whose utter gratuitousness subverts all rational expectations, a love to which the only appropriate response is wonder, gratitude, and worship.
Gratuitousness of a sexual appeal can stem both from its explicitness as well as its irrelevance.
When they demand obedience (to whatever command), its very gratuitousness makes disobedience possible (and perhaps inevitable).
Two important strands of this new economics are based in natural law (see John Mueller's Redeeming Economics) and in a neo-distributist approach (as in John Medaille's Toward a Truly Free Market), while also putting new focus on cooperatives (Stefano Zamagni's Cooperative Enterprises), on the commons (in the work of the late Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom), and on the economy of communion and gratuitousness (Luigino Bruni).
Gratuitousness is present in our fives in many different forms, which often go unrecognized because of a purely consumerist and utilitarian view of life.
These ideas can also he found in Artaud, both in The Theater and Its Double (the latter in the guise of theater's being "an immediate gratuitousness provoking acts without use or profit" [24]) and in To Have Done with the Judgment of God.