Gratuitous Bailment Law and Legal Definition

Gratuitous bailment is a type of bailment in which the bailee receives no compensation. For example, borrowing a friend’s car. A gratuitous bailee is liable for loss of the property only if the loss is caused by the bailee's gross negligence. Therefore a lower standard of care is imposed upon the bailee in a gratuitous bailment. Gratuitous bailment is also referred to as naked bailment or bailment for sole benefit of bailor.