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 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, "Why the U.N. Is Making a Mockery of Human Rights," 18 Oct. 2020 Use a nonselective weed control product that allows replanting after the torpedograss is controlled. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to grow pineapples from shoots," 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, "The Misguided Progressive Attack on Charters," 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, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 That research led to a job at the University of Texas at Austin, despite the doubts some faculty members had about her nonselective university degrees. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious," 17 June 2019 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

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonselective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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