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    gratuitous = free

    I can see that many dictionaries choose the word "free" as a synonym for the word "gratuitous. However, The definition for the latter would be : Said or done without a good reason, in a way that offends someone. As you see, it has nothing to do with being FREE. How can I justify this definition to "gratis" or "free".

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    Re: gratuitous = free

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I can see that many dictionaries choose the word "free" as a synonym for the word "gratuitous. However, The definition for the latter would be : Said or done without a good reason, in a way that offends someone. As you see, it has nothing to do with being FREE. How can I justify this definition to "gratis" or "free".

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    Which dictionaries?

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    Re: gratuitous = free

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I can see that many dictionaries choose the word "free" as a synonym for the word "gratuitous. However, The definition for the latter would be : Said or done without a good reason, in a way that offends someone. As you see, it has nothing to do with being FREE. How can I justify this definition to "gratis" or "free".

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    Yes, gratuitous has that definition, but I hardly ever see or hear of it used that way except in legal matters. I would not use the word for "free" in other contexts.

    See here: gratuitous - definition of gratuitous by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #5

    Re: gratuitous = free

    Free and gratuitous are near synonyms in some contexts. They are not synonyms in many contexts.

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    Re: gratuitous = free

    Whatever dictionaries say, most native speakers take gratuitous to mean unnecessary.

    I advise you to forget that it may sometimes mean free.

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    Re: gratuitous = free

    Take thesauruses with a pinch of salt- they often clump words together that are vaguely related as if they were synonyms.

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