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We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
Howard Zinn

Meaning of "indiscriminate" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF INDISCRIMINATE

indiscriminate  [ˌɪndɪˈskrɪmɪnɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF INDISCRIMINATE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Indiscriminate is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES INDISCRIMINATE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

indiscriminate

Discrimination

Discrimination is action that denies social participation or human rights to categories of people based on prejudice. This includes treatment of an individual or group based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or social category, "in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated". It involves the group's initial reaction or interaction, influencing the individual's actual behavior towards the group or the group leader, restricting members of one group from opportunities or privileges that are available to another group, leading to the exclusion of the individual or entities based on logical or irrational decision making. Discriminatory traditions, policies, ideas, practices, and laws exist in many countries and institutions in every part of the world, even in ones where discrimination is generally looked down upon. In some places, controversial attempts such as quotas or affirmative action have been used to benefit those believed to be current or past victims of discrimination—but have sometimes been called reverse discrimination themselves.

Definition of indiscriminate in the English dictionary

The definition of indiscriminate in the dictionary is lacking discrimination or careful choice; random or promiscuous. Other definition of indiscriminate is jumbled; confused.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH INDISCRIMINATE


acuminate
əˈkjuːmɪnɪt
agminate
ˈæɡmɪnɪt
cabinet
ˈkæbɪnɪt
conterminate
kənˈtɜːmɪnɪt
definite
ˈdɛfɪnɪt
determinate
dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
effeminate
ɪˈfɛmɪnɪt
geminate
ˈdʒɛmɪnɪt
homogenate
hɒˈmɒdʒɪnɪt
indefinite
ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt
indeterminate
ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
infinite
ˈɪnfɪnɪt
innominate
ɪˈnɒmɪnɪt
minute
ˈmɪnɪt
ordinate
ˈɔːdɪnɪt
predeterminate
ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt
quadrigeminate
ˌkwɒdrɪˈdʒɛmɪnɪt
staminate
ˈstæmɪnɪt
subordinate
səˈbɔːdɪnɪt
up-to-the-minute
ˌʌptəðəˈmɪnɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE INDISCRIMINATE

indiscernibility
indiscernible
indiscernibleness
indiscernibly
indiscerptible
indisciplinable
indiscipline
indiscoverable
indiscreet
indiscreetly
indiscreetness
indiscrete
indiscretely
indiscreteness
indiscretion
indiscretionary
indiscriminately
indiscriminateness
indiscrimination
indispensability

WORDS THAT END LIKE INDISCRIMINATE

aluminate
assassinate
contaminate
coordinate
discriminate
disseminate
dominate
donate
eliminate
fascinate
hallucinate
illuminate
indoctrinate
laminate
marinate
nominate
originate
predominate
ruminate
terminate
urinate

Synonyms and antonyms of indiscriminate in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «INDISCRIMINATE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «indiscriminate» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of indiscriminate

Translation of «indiscriminate» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF INDISCRIMINATE

Find out the translation of indiscriminate to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of indiscriminate from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «indiscriminate» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

任意而为的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

indiscriminado
570 millions of speakers

English

indiscriminate
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अंधाधुंध
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عشوائية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неизбирательного
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

indiscriminado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বাছবিচারহীন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sans discernement
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sembarangan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wahllos
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

無差別の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

분별없는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Indiscriminate
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không phân biệt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கண்மூடித்தனமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वैर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gelişigüzel
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

indiscriminato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bezkrytyczne
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

невибіркового
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fără discernământ
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αδιάκριτη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

onoordeelkundige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

urskillningslös
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kritikkløs
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of indiscriminate

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «INDISCRIMINATE»

The term «indiscriminate» is quite widely used and occupies the 54.733 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «INDISCRIMINATE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about indiscriminate

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9 QUOTES WITH «INDISCRIMINATE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word indiscriminate.
1
Teju Cole
Where land mines are indiscriminate, cheap, and brutal, drones are discriminate, expensive, and brutal. And yet they are insufficiently discriminate: the assassination of the Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in Pakistan in 2009 succeeded only on the seventeenth attempt.
2
Al Franken
Terrorism, to me, is the use of terror for political purpose, and terror is indiscriminate murder of civilians to make a political point.
3
Sheikh Hasina
Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism. Instead of solving their problems, the government is trying to suppress the people by force.
4
Herbert Hoover
The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.
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James Surowiecki
You can't fuel real economic growth with indiscriminate credit. You can only fuel it with well-allocated, long-term investment.
6
Gijs de Vries
We are familiar with terrorism. But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new.
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Gijs de Vries
Indiscriminate attacks on civilians ought, under all circumstances, to be illegal in war as in peacetime.
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Jody Williams
Even soldiers from the Vietnam War had said that when they were fighting in that war, the landmine was just one of any number of weapons to use in the fighting. It wasn't until they began to think about the aftermath and the legacy of landmines that they recognized the long-term, indiscriminate impact of the weapon.
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Howard Zinn
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «INDISCRIMINATE»

Discover the use of indiscriminate in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to indiscriminate and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Indiscriminate Attraction (Mills & Boon Kimani)
Linda Hudson-Smith. Indiscriminate Attraction Linda Hudson-Smith (g; MILLS BOON Dear Reader, I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading Indiscriminate Atrraction. www.mfllsandboon.co.uk.
Linda Hudson-Smith, 2013
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Common errors in cotton production
The public gins and the commercial system of indiscriminate buying have been responsible for a deterioration in the quality of the American cotton crop. Indeed, it is hard to understand how their effects upon the crop could have remained so ...
Orator Fuller Cook, 1923
3
Is the invisible hand discerning or indiscriminate? ...
"We confront the two opposing views of capital account liberalization in developing countries with a new firm-level dataset on investment, stock prices, and sales.
Anusha Chari, Peter Blair Henry, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004
4
Clinical Lecture on the indiscriminate use of alcoholic ...
Sir Samuel WILKS. PREFATORY NOTE. THE Committee of the National Temperance League have pleasure in stating that Dr. Wilks has kindly permitted them to issue the present edition of his valuahle Lecture, the delivery of which to his ...
Sir Samuel WILKS, 1867
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The Just War Revisited
Its fundamental application is to the intention of an attack; but indiscriminate intention can affect weapons at a variety of stages: in design there may be indiscriminate intent, either in the mode of operation itself or in the choice of certain features ...
Oliver O'Donovan, 2003
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Game Theory and Its Applications in the Social and ...
Now in a society in which indiscriminate altruism was the ethical norm, an individual who adopted a purely selfish principle of accepting help but never offering it would receive a higher expected payoff, enjoying all the benefits but incurring ...
Andrew M. Colman, 1995
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Dividing the Land: Early American Beginnings of Our Private ...
South of New York, indiscriminate location held sway for most of the land division . Such individual land choice had likely prevailed locally in the British past, but it can hardly have been an ongoing practice that was available for transfer to ...
Edward T. Price, 1995
8
Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity: The Fundamental ...
A clear implication of the principle of discrimination, when understood in this way, is that an inherently indiscriminate weapon cannot be used at all. It is, then, futile to apply the distinction between intended and merely foreseen effects to try to ...
Avner Cohen, Steven Lee, 1986
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Customary International Humanitarian Law: Volume 1, Rules:
CHAPTER 3 INDISCRIMINATE ATTACKS Rule 11. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Practice Volume II, Chapter 3, Section A. Summary State practice establishes this rule as a norm of customary international law applicable in both ...
Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Louise Doswald-Beck, Carolin Alvermann, 2005
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Indiscriminate Fire: Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel ...
In northern Gaza Strip and adjoining areas of Israel, rocket attacks by Palestinian armed groups and artillery attacks by the Israel Defense Forces (DF) have together killed dozens of civilians, wounded hundreds, and greatly distrupted ...
Bonnie Lynn Docherty, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «INDISCRIMINATE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term indiscriminate is used in the context of the following news items.
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What lessons can be learned from France's price war?
"An indiscriminate and widespread price war does not really make sense. An intelligently targeted war [would] prove to be more judicious and ... «FoodNavigator.com, Jul 15»
2
Dutch, Ukrainians, Australians mark year since MH17 downing
Some of the mourners held banners accusing the Kiev government of waging a war on them and likening the MH17 victims to those killed in indiscriminate ... «KIII TV3, Jul 15»
3
ISIS Has Fired Chemical Mortar Shells, Evidence Indicates - The …
But they are indiscriminate by nature and difficult to defend against without specialized equipment — traits that lend them potent psychological ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
4
Chattanooga shooting: Inspired by Islamic State terror group …
... Islamic militants to inspire recruits to travel to Syria to join the fight on the front lines or to remain in the US and conduct indiscriminate attacks. «Christian Science Monitor, Jul 15»
5
ABC Orders Bachelor in Paradise After-Show (They Cancelled …
... sectors, ABC is giving an after-show to Bachelor in Paradise (AKA Reality-Show Rejects and Their Indiscriminate/Horrifying Hookups). «TVLine, Jul 15»
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'High threat' of terror attack near Egypt beach resort after ISIS strike …
Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning. Foreign Office. Attacks in the northern part of the peninsula have increased ... «Express.co.uk, Jul 15»
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'The Crossing', by Samar Yazbek - FT.com
Along the way, she bears witness to indiscriminate barrel bombing by the regime but also to the mutation of a once-peaceful revolt into a ... «Financial Times, Jul 15»
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Conservative Media Erroneously Attribute Military Base Gun Policy …
... expectation weighed against the possible consequences of accidental or indiscriminate use of firearms. DoD personnel regularly engaged in ... «Media Matters for America, Jul 15»
9
A look at southern Thailand's smoldering insurgency - Deutsche Welle
These relatively indiscriminate forms of violence have meant widespread deaths and injuries to bystanders, and caused significant economic ... «Deutsche Welle, Jul 15»
10
Safe Haven of Militants in Myanmar is Biggest Threat: Assam Chief …
... his wife, son and nephew were injured in indiscriminate firing by suspected ULFA(I) militants in their house at Bijuliban in Tinsukia district. «NDTV, Jul 15»

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