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 formsin·dis·crim·i·nate·ly, adverbin·dis·crim·i·nate·ness, noun

Synonyms for indiscriminate

1. See miscellaneous. 3. mixed. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indiscriminate

Contemporary Examples of indiscriminate

Historical Examples of indiscriminate

  • 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



lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous
jumbled; confused
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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