indiscriminate

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adjective in·dis·crim·i·nate \ˌin-di-ˈskrim-nət, -ˈskri-mə-\

Definition of indiscriminate

  1. 1a :  not marked by careful distinction :  deficient in discrimination and discernment indiscriminate reading habits indiscriminate mass destructionb :  haphazard, random indiscriminate application of a law

  2. 2a :  promiscuous, unrestrained indiscriminate sexual behaviorb :  heterogeneous, motley an indiscriminate collection

indiscriminately

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indiscriminateness

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Examples of indiscriminate in a Sentence

  1. They participated in the indiscriminate slaughter of countless innocent victims.

  2. He objects to the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

  3. She has been indiscriminate in choosing her friends.

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First Known Use of indiscriminate

circa 1598


INDISCRIMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

indiscriminate

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Definition of indiscriminate for English Language Learners

  • : affecting or harming many people or things in a careless or unfair way

  • : not careful in making choices


INDISCRIMINATE Defined for Kids

indiscriminate

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adjective in·dis·crim·i·nate \ˌin-di-ˈskri-mə-nət\

Definition of indiscriminate for Students

  1. :  not done in a careful way :  wrongly causing widespread harm They objected to the indiscriminate use of pesticides.



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