Undeniably, graciousness differs from money! Graciousness is a behaviour and quality, whilst money is a physical a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value.

gratuity (n.)

1520s, "graciousness," from French gratuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitatem (nominative gratuitas) "free gift," probably from Latin gratuitus "done without pay, spontaneous, voluntary," from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from gratia "favor" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gwere- (2) "to favor"). Meaning "money given for favor or services" is first attested 1530s.


Un 'don' est toujours donné gratuitement. The meaning of a donation is meant to be "free" for the receiver. So when someone gives someone else that "donation" for their services, it's is freely given and received. Gratuité in French is used for more than just money, it is also used to describe something like the education given by a teacher for example. The product delivered is not without value, but is liberated from cost.

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    Bienvenue sur French Stack Exchange. Un don ou la gratuité, comment ça glisse au sens de pourboire ? Je crois que c'est la question mais c'est difficile à dire. There are many other questions I encourage you to explore. – livresque May 27 at 0:44

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