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  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.
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Origin of indiscriminate

1590–1600; in-3 + discriminate (adj.)
Related formsin·dis·crim·i·nate·ly, adverbin·dis·crim·i·nate·ness, noun


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1. See miscellaneous. 3. mixed.
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  • This is true only of injudicious and indiscriminate generosity.

  • Let us cease thinking that indiscriminate suffering to creatures is the Will of God.

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • No, my indiscriminate bards; on this occasion we must part company.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • There had been, they declared, too indiscriminate an admission of Fellows.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • So that the first duty of charity is to refuse to give in this indiscriminate way.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

British Dictionary definitions for indiscriminate


  1. lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous
  2. jumbled; confused
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Derived Formsindiscriminately, adverbindiscriminateness, nounindiscrimination, noun
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Word Origin and History for indiscriminate


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

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