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

Definition of unselective

: not marked by selection : random, indiscriminate

Other Words from unselective

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

Examples of unselective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cult film Idiocracy (2006) imagines a future in which Americans' mental capacities have been degraded by generations of pop culture, junk food, and–how to put this delicately–unselective breeding. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 1 Mar. 2022 With an unselective online-only model seeking to scale rapidly, Lambda is likely to end up somewhere between (free) MOOCs and (costly) for-profit online universities, which – given its ISA model – sounds about right. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Its wide muzzle suggests unselective bulk-feeding on grasses and low-growing herbs. Smithsonian, 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, 28 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of unselective

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Unselective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselective. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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