Definition of indiscriminate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnət//
    jump to other results
  1. 1an indiscriminate action is done without thought about what the result may be, especially when it causes people to be harmed indiscriminate attacks on motorists by youths throwing stones the indiscriminate nature of nuclear weapons Doctors have been criticized for their indiscriminate use of antibiotics.
  2. 2acting without careful judgement She's always been indiscriminate in her choice of friends.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘haphazard, not selective’): from in- ‘not’ + Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare (from discrimen ‘distinction’, from the verb discernere, from dis- ‘apart’ + cernere ‘to separate’).Extra examples The indiscriminate use of pesticides is now banned. The newspaper denounced the indiscriminate firing by the police. indiscriminate violence/​killing/​slaughter
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: indiscriminate