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

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Students who file a separate application to enter one of the district’s competitive academic programs will receive up to two offers — one for the selective school and one for a nonselective school. Juan Perez Jr.,, "CPS eighth-graders who applied for high school under new system to get offers next week," 21 Mar. 2018 If only a few in number, the weed can also be dug out wearing chemical resistant gloves or spot killed with a nonselective herbicide. Tom Maccubbin,, "Cooler weather leads to more hardy azaleas," 17 Mar. 2018 In colleges, especially in nonselective and for-profit schools, online education has expanded rapidly, too, with similar effects. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help," 19 Jan. 2018 And for some, the only answer is to dig them out or spot kill them with a nonselective herbicide, following label instructions. Tom Maccubbin,, "Pineapple plants can put premium on patience," 2 Sep. 2017 Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum, nonselective herbicide will kill the grass as well as your garden plants. Tim Johnson,, "Has grass invaded your garden beds?," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nonselective

1894, in the meaning defined above

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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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