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non-selective Line breaks: non-select¦ive

Definition of non-selective in English:


1Not involving selection of the most suitable or best qualified: believing in free and non-selective education
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  • The whole thing makes me break out in a rash not seen since the last time I went to a free tequila party at a non-selective fraternity house.
  • Study recruitment was non-selective.
  • We tried to overall reduce the number of hours of television viewing in a non-selective way.
1.1(Of a process or agent) affecting all types or species: treating the weeds with a non-selective herbicide
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  • A retrospective follow up study over seven years found that selective blockers were no better than non-selective ones at protecting eyes from progressive damage.
  • This non-selective herbicide is taken up through the leaves and translocated to the roots, where it disrupts the plant's metabolism.
  • Among the many problems with chemical controls is that they are non-selective: They don't just kill pest insects, they kill bees too.




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