indiscriminate
adjective Date: circa 1598 1. a. not marked by careful distinction ; deficient in discrimination and discernment <
indiscriminate reading habits
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indiscriminate mass destruction
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b. haphazard, random <
indiscriminate application of a law
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2. a. promiscuous, unrestrained <
indiscriminate sexual behavior
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b. heterogeneous, motley <
an indiscriminate collection
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indiscriminately adverbindiscriminateness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • indiscriminate — indiscriminate, wholesale, sweeping are comparable when they mean including all or nearly all within the range of choice, operation, or effectiveness. Something is indiscriminate which does not distinguish the deserving from the undeserving but… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Indiscriminate — In dis*crim i*nate, a. Not discriminate; wanting discrimination; undistinguishing; not making any distinction; confused; promiscuous. Blind or indiscriminate forgiveness. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] The indiscriminate defense of right and wrong.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indiscriminate — I adjective blanket, broad, comprehensive, designless, haphazard, immethodical, not choosy, not selective, orderless, promiscuous, promiscuus, random, systemless, unaimed, uncritical, undifferentiating, undirected, unmethodical, unorganized,… …   Law dictionary

  • indiscriminate — (adj.) 1640s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + DISCRIMINATE (Cf. discriminate) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • indiscriminate — [adj] random, chaotic aimless, assorted, broad, careless, confused, designless, desultory, extensive, general, haphazard, heterogeneous, hit or miss*, imperceptive, jumbled, mingled, miscellaneous, mixed, mongrel, motley*, multifarious,… …   New thesaurus

  • indiscriminate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or acting at random or without careful judgement. DERIVATIVES indiscriminately adverb indiscriminateness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • indiscriminate — [in΄di skrim′i nit] adj. 1. not based on careful selection or a discerning taste; confused, random, or promiscuous 2. not discriminating; not making careful choices or distinctions indiscriminately adv …   English World dictionary

  • indiscriminate — in|dis|crim|i|nate [ˌındıˈskrımınıt] adj an indiscriminate action is done without thinking about what harm it might cause indiscriminate attacks/killing/violence/bombing etc ▪ terrorists responsible for indiscriminate killing ▪ the indiscriminate …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indiscriminate — indiscriminately, adv. indiscriminateness, n. /in di skrim euh nit/, adj. 1. not discriminating; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.: indiscriminate in one s friendships. 2. not discriminate; haphazard; thoughtless: indiscriminate… …   Universalium

  • indiscriminate — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪskrɪ̱mɪnət[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe an action as indiscriminate, you are critical of it because it does not involve any careful thought or choice. The indiscriminate use of fertilisers is damaging to the environment …   English dictionary

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