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gratuitous
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition unnecessary and unwarranted

or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field):  costing nothing
  • Scorn, bitterness, unprovoked malignity, gratuitous desire of ill, ridicule of whatever was good and holy, all awoke to tempt, even while they frightened him.
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (73% in)

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