Definition of indiscriminate in English:


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  • 1Done at random or without careful judgment.

    ‘the indiscriminate killing of civilians’
    • ‘Now the attacks are becoming more random, brutal and indiscriminate.’
    • ‘The country became caught in a cycle of violence, which became increasingly random and indiscriminate.’
    • ‘We do not believe that it should be used randomly on an indiscriminate basis.’
    • ‘The assassinations seemed indiscriminate, unconscionable, and wild, but they were never mindless.’
    • ‘Mortars in particular seemed indiscriminate in inflicting casualties.’
    • ‘They were devastatingly effective because they can cover wide areas with intense and indiscriminate firepower.’
    • ‘His country and his people have been attacked in a savage and indiscriminate way.’
    • ‘He decries the indiscriminate use of the term 'community'.’
    • ‘The guerrillas have conducted indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population.’
    • ‘There were frequent accusations of indiscriminate bombing.’
    • ‘Several journalists found evidence of indiscriminate killing.’
    • ‘Concern has increased about the pollution of rivers and oceans as a result of the indiscriminate dumping of waste.’
    • ‘Cluster bombs are weapons of indiscriminate destruction.’
    • ‘What's troubling about this is the indiscriminate nature of the gunfire.’
    • ‘These are violent individuals committing indiscriminate acts.’
    • ‘Campaigners yesterday accused the Government of widespread and indiscriminate cuts to vital services.’
    non-selective, unselective, undiscriminating, uncritical, aimless, hit-or-miss, haphazard, random, unsystematic, unmethodical
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    1. 1.1(of a person) not using or exercising discrimination.
      • ‘she was indiscriminate with her affections’



/ˌindəˈskrim(ə)nət/ /ˌɪndəˈskrɪm(ə)nət/


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘haphazard, not selective’): from in-‘not’ + Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare (see discriminate).