[ in-di-skrim-uh-nit ]
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  1. not discriminating or discerning; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.: indiscriminate in one's friendships.

  2. done at random or without making distinctions; haphazard: indiscriminate slaughter.

  1. not kept apart or divided; thrown together; jumbled: an indiscriminate combination of colors and styles.

Origin of indiscriminate

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-3 + discriminate (adjective)

synonym study For indiscriminate

1. See miscellaneous.

Other words for indiscriminate

2 random, nonselective, undiscriminating, unmethodical, unselective, unsystematic
3 heterogeneous, mixed, motley, varied
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Other words from indiscriminate

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for indiscriminate


/ (ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnɪt) /

  1. lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous

  2. jumbled; confused

Derived forms of indiscriminate

  • indiscriminately, adverb
  • indiscriminateness, noun
  • indiscrimination, noun

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