Definition of indiscriminate in English:



  • 1Done at random or without careful judgement.

    ‘the indiscriminate use of antibiotics can cause problems’
    • ‘In fact, the current indiscriminate killing was a strategic mistake.’
    • ‘The destruction seems indiscriminate, the victims random, the consequences immense.’
    • ‘Loyalists assassinations seemed indiscriminate, unconscionable and wild but they were never mindless.’
    • ‘The ensuing shootout resulted in the indiscriminate killing of women and children.’
    • ‘By the end of 1941, more than half a million Jews had been slaughtered and the killing had grown indiscriminate.’
    • ‘Such a process would avoid prejudice and indiscriminate killing.’
    • ‘The new wave has ratcheted savagery and indiscriminate killing to unthinkable levels.’
    • ‘It was random, it was indiscriminate, it was murderous, and it was close to home.’
    • ‘Algeria became caught in a cycle of violence, which became increasingly random and indiscriminate.’
    • ‘Mortars in particular seemed indiscriminate in inflicting casualties.’
    • ‘This is the absolute opposite of terrorism which allows for the indiscriminate killing of all peoples.’
    • ‘Modern war is merciless, it does not spare pregnant women or infants; it is indiscriminate killing and destroying.’
    • ‘His country and his people have been attacked in a savage and indiscriminate way.’
    • ‘We do not believe that it should be used randomly on an indiscriminate basis.’
    • ‘Now the attacks are becoming more random, brutal and indiscriminate.’
    • ‘Charities have condemned the weapons for the indiscriminate killing and maiming of civilians both during and long after wars have ended.’
    • ‘This contrasting case helps us to see in what sense indiscriminate terrorist killing is the killing of the innocent.’
    • ‘The bands' original political motives faded, and they turned to banditry and indiscriminate killing.’
    • ‘Both areas were crowded and the results were indiscriminate casualties.’
    • ‘They were devastatingly effective because they can cover wide areas with intense and indiscriminate firepower.’
    non-selective, unselective, undiscriminating, uncritical, aimless, hit-or-miss, haphazard, random, unsystematic, unmethodical
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not using or exercising discrimination.
      ‘she was indiscriminate with her affections’


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