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bland

adjective \ˈbland\

: not interesting or exciting

: lacking strong flavor

: showing no emotion, concern, etc.

Full Definition of BLAND

1
a :  smooth and soothing in manner or quality <a bland smile>
b :  exhibiting no personal concern or embarrassment :  unperturbed <a bland confession of guilt>
2
a :  not irritating, stimulating, or invigorating :  soothing
b :  dull, insipid <bland stories with little plot or action>
bland·ly \ˈblan(d)-lē\ adverb
bland·ness \ˈblan(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of BLAND

  1. The vegetable soup was rather bland.
  2. The diplomat's bland statement did nothing to calm the situation.

Origin of BLAND

Latin blandus
First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of BLAND

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction <a suave public relations coordinator>. urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience <an urbane traveler>. diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully <a diplomatic negotiator>. bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities <a bland master of ceremonies>. smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity <a smooth salesman>. politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people <a cunningly politic manager>.
BLANDNESS Defined for Kids

bland

adjective \ˈbland\
bland·erbland·est

Definition of BLAND for Kids

1
:  not interesting or exiciting <a bland story>
2
:  not having much flavor <a bland soup>
3
:  not showing emotion <a bland face>

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