"gratuitous" = 'free' ?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 17 15:52:08 UTC 2009

Thanks, everyone, for the quick and helpful responses. It seems clear,
then, that the "free of charge" meaning is obsolescent in
non-specialist use. For the purposes of this lexicon, I'll recommend
not using "gratuitous" in that sense at all.

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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