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Related: sensationalism - rationales or pretexts for depicting gratuitous sex or violence
Contrast: necessity - function (as in functional nudity)
A girl about to be killed in a horror movie after her gratuitous shower scene.
Definition1. Given or granted without return or recompense; unearned.
2. Given or received without cost or obligation; free.
3. Unnecessary or unwarranted; unjustified: gratuitous criticism. --AHD
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