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[in-di-skrim-uh-nit] /ˌɪn dɪˈskrɪm ə nɪt/
not discriminating; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.:
indiscriminate in one's friendships.
not discriminate; haphazard; thoughtless:
indiscriminate slaughter.
not kept apart or divided; thrown together; jumbled:
an indiscriminate combination of colors and styles.
Origin of indiscriminate
1590-1600; in-3 + discriminate (adj.)
Related forms
indiscriminately, adverb
indiscriminateness, noun
1. See miscellaneous. 3. mixed. Unabridged
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  • Pirates were outlaws who pledged allegiance to no country and ravaged ships of all nations indiscriminately.
  • The famous ruins were once indiscriminately planted with land mines.
  • Then he began to fire indiscriminately from the deck at people below.
  • Management picks up a meat-ax and lays about itself indiscriminately.
  • Previously it had been sprayed indiscriminately from one end of the biosphere to the other.
  • Fully to benefit by this, both doctors and public would have to use self-control in not employing nurses indiscriminately.
  • The researchers caution against indiscriminately applying the study's findings, however.
  • The only way it knows how to do it is to indiscriminately throw huge sums of taxpayer funds into the kitty.
  • But, once you've put the regimen for waterboarding and other techniques in place, you use it much more indiscriminately.
  • In the popular literary expressions of the view, these varieties have alternated, or have been indiscriminately mingled.
British Dictionary definitions for indiscriminately


lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous
jumbled; confused
Derived Forms
indiscriminately, adverb
indiscriminateness, noun
indiscrimination, noun
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Word Origin and History for indiscriminately

1650s, from indiscriminate + -ly (2).



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

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