not discriminating or discerning; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.: indiscriminate in one's friendships.
done at random or without making distinctions; haphazard: indiscriminate slaughter.
not kept apart or divided; thrown together; jumbled: an indiscriminate combination of colors and styles.
- in·dis·crim·i·nate·ly, adverb
- in·dis·crim·i·nate·ness, noun
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How to use indiscriminate in a sentence
“Violence towards this community was truly extensive and indiscriminate in terms of age and sex,” says biological anthropologist Marta Mirazón Lahr of the University of Cambridge.Hunter-gatherers first launched violent raids at least 13,400 years ago | Bruce Bower | May 27, 2021 | Science News
That injury pattern more likely arose from periodic, indiscriminate raids rather than a single battle, in which the dead would have consisted mainly of male fighters, the researchers say.Hunter-gatherers first launched violent raids at least 13,400 years ago | Bruce Bower | May 27, 2021 | Science News
The criminals’ tactics have evolved from indiscriminate “spray and pray” campaigns seeking a few hundred dollars apiece to targeting specific businesses, government agencies and nonprofit groups with multimillion-dollar demands.The Colonial pipeline ransomware hackers had a secret weapon: self-promoting cybersecurity firms | Renee Dudley, Daniel Golden | May 24, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
“We have to have the police officers that we need, and they have to be able to do their jobs,” the mayor said, expressing worry about recommendations from a commission to change police tactics to avoid indiscriminate stops by police.Woman, child shot in dispute over scooter remain in critical condition, D.C. police say | Peter Hermann, Emily Davies | May 19, 2021 | Washington Post
The videos that emerged, taken by courageous residents, are too harrowing to watch, showing summary executions of already surrendered, apprehended or wounded suspects, along with indiscriminate shooting.A Deadly Police Raid in Rio Show How Bolsonaro's Policies Are Wreaking Havoc in Brazil | David Miranda | May 8, 2021 | Time
The pro-Russian separatists and their allies inside Russia have become indiscriminate with some of their heavy weapons.
Or did a band of reactionary theocrats put their progressive brethren to the indiscriminate sword?
College rankings are ubiquitous, confusing, and often indiscriminate.The Daily Beast’s Down + Dirty Guide to Colleges Methodology | | October 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their fire was indiscriminate at best, targeting civilians at worst.
For decades, mainstream Palestinian thought has regarded the indiscriminate killing of Jews as legitimate.Hazineh Calls for the Murder of Jews and the Mainstream Press Stays Silent | Martin Krossel | August 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few continuing to fire after the main body had surrendered, an indiscriminate slaughter ensued.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The mangled bodies were hurried to the catacombs, and thrown into an indiscriminate heap of corruption.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Our two friends, however, found indiscriminate joy in everything; I have their letters to prove it.Jaffery | William J. Locke
On the other hand, the beginner finds himself using words that have lost, their meaning through indiscriminate usage.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The progress of the fusion of races is shown by the lists of names, which are both Saxon and Norman in indiscriminate order.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
British Dictionary definitions for indiscriminate
lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous
- indiscriminately, adverb
- indiscriminateness, noun
- indiscrimination, noun
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