Copious vs Gratuitous - What's the difference?

copious | gratuitous |


As adjectives the difference between copious and gratuitous

is that copious is great in quantity or number, profuse, abundant; taking place on a large scale while gratuitous is given freely; unearned.

copious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Great in quantity or number, profuse, abundant; taking place on a large scale.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. ยง 18.
  • These loose hints I have thrown together, in order to excite the curiosity of philosophers, and beget a suspicion at least, if not a full persuasion, that this subject is very copious ,
  • Having an abundant supply.
  • Full of thought, information, or matter; exuberant in words, expression, or style.
  • References

    gratuitous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Given freely; unearned.
  • Not called for by the circumstances; uncalled-for; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; unjustified.
  • gratuitous violence

    Synonyms

    * unjustified * groundless * baseless * unfounded * unnecessary

    Antonyms

    * onerous

    Derived terms

    * gratuitousness * gratuitous praise * gratuitous violence

    Coordinate terms

    * superfluous