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Definition of blank slate

Examples of blank slate in a Sentence

She viewed her students as blank slates, just waiting to be filled with knowledge.
Recent Examples on the Web But the writers used Malek’s earnestness—and the blank slate of his public persona—to make his characters slightly weirder than expected. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2021 The house had almost no architectural interest worth saving, so Jenni started with a blank slate and designed an entire wall of shelves to anchor the living room. Sarah Wolf Halverson And Jenni Yolo, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Oct. 2021 But those cities are, essentially, working with a blank slate, constructing downtowns from scratch. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 But unlike the tight-fitting, thong-baring low-rise jeans from our past, which will never not be riddled with bad memories, this new style arrives en vogue with a blank slate. Eliza Huber,, 10 Sep. 2021 In Latin America, entrepreneurs are often working with a blank slate in a tech scene that could be described as nascent at best. Deepak Chhugani, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The communities of Moffat County, downstream from the bustling resort of Steamboat Springs, are essentially a blank slate. Jason Blevins, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 What’s the advantage of casting someone like Mariana Di Girólamo, whom audiences can see as a blank slate? Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Along with the cash prize, each finalist received the gift of a blank slate of time. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of blank slate

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blank slate was in 1886

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16 Nov 2021

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“Blank slate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blank slate

: someone or something that is still in an original state and that has not yet been changed by people, experiences, etc.
: something that does not show or express anything


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