non·​se·​lec·​tive | \ ˌnän-sə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonselective (audio) \

Definition of nonselective

: not selective: such as
a : not relating to or characterized by selection : not selecting or tending to select a nonselective school nonselective admission policies
b : not specific in activity or effect a nonselective weed killer nonselective beta blockers

Examples of nonselective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum, nonselective herbicide will kill the grass, as well as your garden plants. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 And a surprising number of colleges and universities offer free in-person programs, with selective and nonselective admissions, including a two-week philosophy class at UMass Amherst. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Even larger spots could be spot-killed with a nonselective herbicide and then sodded. Tom Maccubbin,, 25 Dec. 2021 Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum, nonselective herbicide will kill the grass, as well as the lady’s mantle, astilbe and ground covers. Tim Johnson,, 7 Aug. 2021 At the end of the meeting, Beijing was loudly applauded, and Chinese diplomats praised the meeting format as one based on a cooperative, nonselective and nonconfrontational approach. Aaron Rhodes, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2020 Use a nonselective weed control product that allows replanting after the torpedograss is controlled. Tom Maccubbin,, 22 Aug. 2020 In reality, charters in most states operate as nonselective, nonneighborhood schools, which means that students of all backgrounds and academic abilities are treated equally in admissions. Conor P. Williams, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2020 Most of the contracts for nonselective schools went to KIPP and local charter organizations that followed KIPP’s no-excuses playbook. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of nonselective

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonselective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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non·​se·​lec·​tive | \ -sə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonselective (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonselective

: not selective especially : not limited (as to a single body part or organism) in action or effect nonselective beta-blockers

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