Definition of indiscriminately in US English:



  • 1In a random manner; unsystematically.

    ‘his armies slaughtered men, women, and children indiscriminately’
    • ‘Security forces killed the two remaining assailants, who had opened fire indiscriminately, the military said.’
    • ‘They also easily become prey to traps that are indiscriminately laid.’
    • ‘Now the gunmen in the past few hours have been firing indiscriminately out from the house.’
    • ‘It is important to divulge the abuses by the Navy indiscriminately launching tear gases.’
    • ‘Some journalists popped into Alexander during the opening night's kick-off party, taking pictures indiscriminately, frightening some of the less open guests.’
    • ‘Militias, thriving on each group's fears of the other, are slaughtering civilians indiscriminately.’
    • ‘From one site, large chunks of rubble come flying indiscriminately out, sending us scurrying for cover.’
    • ‘More gunmen moved through the area in a hijacked police vehicle, firing indiscriminately.’
    • ‘Books are indiscriminately piled on the sidewalk for people to browse through.’
    • ‘What is more disturbing is that some indigenous vegetation was indiscriminately destroyed for the erection of the deck.’
    • ‘I can categorically state that we did not indiscriminately open fire, he said.’
    • ‘It will be aimed at preventing the snakes from getting indiscriminately killed.’
    • ‘But she offered no explanation as to what triggered his five-hour stand-off with police, during which he shot indiscriminately at neighbours.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the obstruction affects everyone indiscriminately who may wish to walk along it."’
    • ‘Family members of Sinn Fein representative were murdered indiscriminately.’
    • ‘Perhaps the term may be applied indiscriminately to any Cetacean other than the porpoise.’
    • ‘The Blackwater contractors are accused of firing indiscriminately into the crowd.’
    • ‘Both of these populations are subjected indiscriminately to special reviews.’
    • ‘The UN investigators accused them of firing rockets indiscriminately at civilians.’
    • ‘Some gunmen were seen running from the school, firing indiscriminately in desperation.’
    randomly, at random, unsystematically, aimlessly, unmethodically, without method, haphazardly, blindly, uncritically, undiscriminatingly, non-selectively, injudiciously
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    1. 1.1 In a way that does not show care or judgement.
      ‘people who are sedentary and who eat indiscriminately’
      • ‘Mothers of mixed children also responded indiscriminately (i.e., permissively) toward their children's noncompliance, just like parents of purely aggressive children.’
      • ‘So before you indiscriminately compare Rush to Trent Lott's remarks, put things into some perspective.’
      • ‘Zinc therapy should be limited to a short period because of the increased incidence of copper deficiency if lozenges are taken indiscriminately for six to eight weeks.’
      • ‘This caused problems during pregnancy when iron tablets used to be given indiscriminately or because haemoglobin levels fell.’
      • ‘Don't indiscriminately consider nationalism to be heretical.’
      • ‘Countries such as Indonesia are indiscriminately logging the rainforests - don't be part of it.’
      • ‘The pedal is essential for achieving desired tones and coloring, but must never be used indiscriminately.’
      • ‘But no one can defend bonuses indiscriminately handed out. "’
      • ‘The subpoena alleged that Dr. Bearman had "indiscriminately" recommended the use of medical marijuana to the patient.’
      • ‘Talking about "the media" indiscriminately in discussing this scandal is dumb.’
      • ‘But remember, you are not a ravenous bear indiscriminately filling your belly for the long winter ahead.’
      • ‘As my parents warned, you couldn't indiscriminately open the packaging.’