un·​se·​lec·​tive | \ ˌən-sə-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce unselective (audio) \

Definition of unselective

: not marked by selection : random, indiscriminate

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unselectively \ ˌən-​sə-​ˈlek-​tiv-​lē How to pronounce unselectively (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unselective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its wide muzzle suggests unselective bulk-feeding on grasses and low-growing herbs. Smithsonian, "How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Evolved," 8 May 2018 But Pakistani officials went to pains to say the toll was unselective, with Muslims and Christians among the dead and bereaved. Daniyal Hassan, Naila Inayat And Salman Masood, New York Times, "Pope Calls Attack in Pakistan ‘Hideous’," 28 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of unselective

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unselective was circa 1925

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“Unselective.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselective. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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