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indiscriminate

[in-di-skrim-uh-nit] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɪm ə nɪt/
adjective
1.
not discriminating; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.:
indiscriminate in one's friendships.
2.
not discriminate; haphazard; thoughtless:
indiscriminate slaughter.
3.
not kept apart or divided; thrown together; jumbled:
an indiscriminate combination of colors and styles.
Origin of indiscriminate
1590-1600
1590-1600; in-3 + discriminate (adj.)
Related forms
indiscriminately, adverb
indiscriminateness, noun
Synonyms
1. See miscellaneous. 3. mixed.
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  • But this number is indiscriminate, and leaves the sense vague, until the pronominal suffixes are superadded.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Let us cease thinking that indiscriminate suffering to creatures is the Will of God.

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • One of our greatest difficulties, indeed, is the indiscriminate use of kinship terms by our descriptive authorities.

    Folklore as an Historical Science George Laurence Gomme
  • No, my indiscriminate bards; on this occasion we must part company.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Men, horses, and all lay there dead in indiscriminate heaps.

    With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
British Dictionary definitions for indiscriminate

indiscriminate

/ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous
2.
jumbled; confused
Derived Forms
indiscriminately, adverb
indiscriminateness, noun
indiscrimination, noun
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Word Origin and History for indiscriminate
adj.

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + discriminate (adj.).

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