non·​se·​lec·​tive ˌnän-sə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonselective (audio)
: not selective: such as
: not relating to or characterized by selection : not selecting or tending to select
a nonselective school
nonselective admission policies
: not specific in activity or effect
a nonselective weed killer
nonselective beta blockers

Examples of nonselective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other option is to use a nonselective weed killer like Hi-Yield Killzall. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2023 This is why the best way to eliminate weeds is to spray them with a nonselective weed killer, such as Hi-Yield Killzall. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 29 July 2023 For colleges that are nonselective, the answer is yes. Mary L. Churchill, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonselective was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Nonselective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


non·​se·​lec·​tive -sə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonselective (audio)
: not selective
especially : not limited (as to a single body part or organism) in action or effect
nonselective beta-blockers

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