indiscriminate

indiscriminate, wholesale, sweeping are comparable when they mean including all or nearly all within the range of choice, operation, or effectiveness.
Something is indiscriminate which does not distinguish the deserving from the undeserving but acts (as in giving, treating, selecting, or including) regardless of individual deserts or merits
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indiscriminate charity

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indiscriminate praise

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the critic does a wrong who brings them under his indiscriminate censure— Quiller-Couch

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an indiscriminate lavish Irish meal, sausages, eggs, bacon, all together on one plate— O'Flaherty

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Wholesale often implies indiscriminateness, but sometimes it carries almost no such suggestion; however, it regularly stresses extensiveness, usually suggesting that no person or thing within the range of choice, operation, or effectiveness has escaped
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the wholesale vaccination of a community

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communism can spread only ... as a development of existing economic civilization and not by a sudden wholesale overthrow of it— Shaw

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the continuous battle of this generation against wholesale character assassination through the application of indiscriminate labels— Roy

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Sweeping implies a reaching out in or as if in a wide circle to draw in everyone or everything within range; it usually carries a stronger suggestion of indiscriminateness than wholesale and often specifically implies exceeding the bounds of right, justice, or jurisdiction or suggests generality rather than a concrete, specific character
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sweeping reforms

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sweeping accusations

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a sweeping and consummate vengeance for the indignity alone should satisfy him— Meredith

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the statute is of a very sweeping and general character— Justice Holmes

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Analogous words: promiscuous, motley, heterogeneous, assorted, *miscellaneous: uncritical, *superficial, shallow
Antonyms: selective: discriminating

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  • Indiscriminate — In dis*crim i*nate, a. Not discriminate; wanting discrimination; undistinguishing; not making any distinction; confused; promiscuous. Blind or indiscriminate forgiveness. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] The indiscriminate defense of right and wrong.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indiscriminate — I adjective blanket, broad, comprehensive, designless, haphazard, immethodical, not choosy, not selective, orderless, promiscuous, promiscuus, random, systemless, unaimed, uncritical, undifferentiating, undirected, unmethodical, unorganized,… …   Law dictionary

  • indiscriminate — (adj.) 1640s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + DISCRIMINATE (Cf. discriminate) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • indiscriminate — [adj] random, chaotic aimless, assorted, broad, careless, confused, designless, desultory, extensive, general, haphazard, heterogeneous, hit or miss*, imperceptive, jumbled, mingled, miscellaneous, mixed, mongrel, motley*, multifarious,… …   New thesaurus

  • indiscriminate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or acting at random or without careful judgement. DERIVATIVES indiscriminately adverb indiscriminateness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • indiscriminate — [in΄di skrim′i nit] adj. 1. not based on careful selection or a discerning taste; confused, random, or promiscuous 2. not discriminating; not making careful choices or distinctions indiscriminately adv …   English World dictionary

  • indiscriminate — adjective Date: circa 1598 1. a. not marked by careful distinction ; deficient in discrimination and discernment < indiscriminate reading habits > < indiscriminate mass destruction > b. haphazard, random < indiscriminate application of a law > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • indiscriminate — in|dis|crim|i|nate [ˌındıˈskrımınıt] adj an indiscriminate action is done without thinking about what harm it might cause indiscriminate attacks/killing/violence/bombing etc ▪ terrorists responsible for indiscriminate killing ▪ the indiscriminate …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indiscriminate — indiscriminately, adv. indiscriminateness, n. /in di skrim euh nit/, adj. 1. not discriminating; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.: indiscriminate in one s friendships. 2. not discriminate; haphazard; thoughtless: indiscriminate… …   Universalium

  • indiscriminate — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪskrɪ̱mɪnət[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe an action as indiscriminate, you are critical of it because it does not involve any careful thought or choice. The indiscriminate use of fertilisers is damaging to the environment …   English dictionary

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