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The term gratuitous means given freely; unearned. It also signifies not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.

In narratology the term denotes seeking sensationalism or without having reasons, rationales or pretexts to do so. The term is usually encountered in contexts of sex (see the pornography/erotica debate) or violence. The word stems from the Latin gratuitus, which means free.

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From Latin gratuitus (“free”), from Latin gratia (“favor”), gratus (“showing favor”).

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