Definition of indiscriminate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈskrimənət/


1Done at random or without careful judgment: the indiscriminate killing of civilians
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  • The new wave has ratcheted savagery and indiscriminate killing to unthinkable levels.
  • Now the attacks are becoming more random, brutal and indiscriminate.
  • Algeria became caught in a cycle of violence, which became increasingly random and indiscriminate.
nonselective, unselective, undiscriminating, uncritical, aimless, hit-or-miss, haphazard, random, arbitrary, unsystematic, undirected;
wholesale, general, sweeping, blanket;
thoughtless, unthinking, inconsiderate, casual, careless
1.1(Of a person) not using or exercising discrimination: she was indiscriminate with her affections



Example sentences
  • It is due to its indiscriminateness that human sexuality is inherently prone to perversion.
  • The screenplay delivers an ambitious epic that is dense in a way that indicates not indiscriminateness but rather the existence of a highly personal internal logic.
  • He pondered the increase in indiscriminateness among terrorists, and he posited several possible reasons accounting for this upsurge.


Pronunciation: /ˌindəˌskriməˈnāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • I'm not sure my point was about marshalling the judgment of history so much as resisting the indiscrimination of contemporaneity.
  • What continues to remain in our mind and memory is the hope for a new dawn of promises, free from atrocities and indiscriminations.
  • Centrality, extremism, and indiscrimination all manifest themselves in the assigned raw score standard deviations and rater fit statistics.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'haphazard, not selective'): from in-1 'not' + Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare (see discriminate).

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Syllabification: in·dis·crim·i·nate

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