blank slate


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Examples of blank slate in a Sentence

She viewed her students as blank slates, just waiting to be filled with knowledge.

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That's really a pity because Fanning's Lilly is quite a snooze, a blond blank slate who seems to lack much interiority or even scars from the trauma she's suffered from being abandoned by her parents. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetness in the Belly': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 But unlike Mazurenko’s system, which relied on Kuyda’s trove of messages to rebuild a facsimile of his character, Replika is a blank slate. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "This app is trying to replicate you," 29 Aug. 2019 Though there were challenges, the sprawling five-bedroom property was a blank slate—and Henry worked her magic. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This Home Designed by Robin Henry is an Explosion of Pattern," 22 Aug. 2019 This coaching staff was presented with a once in a lifetime blank slate to regenerate a franchise from scorched earth. Conor Orr,, "From Helmet to Peeling Feet, Antonio Brown’s Drama Should Be No Surprise to Raiders," 9 Aug. 2019 But the blank slate of a new home can elicit blank stares from prospective homebuyers. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "Getting ready to buy your first home? Check out these tips first," 12 Aug. 2019 Developers have lined up to capitalize on what’s essentially the biggest blank slate in the city of Boston — the 130-plus acres of land across from Harvard Business School in Allston. Jon Chesto,, "Harvard sees strong interest from developers for its Allston land," 2 Aug. 2019 This connection suggests histories of oppression and colonization that treated native peoples and lands as blank slates on which to impose European ideals and values. Sharon Mizota,, "Gabriella Sanchez spells out her resistance to Eurocentric art," 1 July 2019 Charter government is like a blank slate — a group of citizens writes a charter to design the government, and then the entire county votes whether to adopt it. Mary Grace Keller,, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of blank slate

1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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