pab·​lum | \ ˈpa-bləm How to pronounce pablum (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Utopian Imagination, the new show at the Ford Foundation Gallery, is cheap science fiction melded with greeting-card pablum. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Utopian Imagination: Silly Clichés in a Beautiful Space," 2 Nov. 2019 In making public statements, Republican Presidents fell back on the usual pablum about the United States being a country of immigrants that found strength in its diversity and applied its ideals to all, regardless of racial or religious background. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and Lax Gun Laws Are Tearing America Apart," 7 Aug. 2019 My impression is that too much caution and too much carelessness there served us this big bowl of pablum. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 That’s typical cliché first-day pablum, but there are genuinely hopeful indications that these 49ers might be equipped to emerge from five seasons of stumbling through the non-playoffs wilderness. Scott Ostler,, "49ers are brimming with confidence and can smell the opportunity," 26 July 2019 Never have commissioners picked a worse time to dally, muttering pablum and doing their best impression of an uncaring, bloated government. Lauren Ritchie,, "Hurricane Irma: Lake County Commission dawdles while victims suffer," 20 Sep. 2017 What can be gleaned from some 1,000 collective pages of senatorial pablum and prose? Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "We Read Them So You Don’t Have To: New Books by Senators Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren and Ben Sasse," 2 June 2017 Not one-size-fits-all pop culture pablum but deep and meaningful ways to think about your questions using visual arts, philosophy, literature, and social sciences. Laura Grace Weldon, WIRED, "The School Of Life," 7 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of pablum

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pablum

from Pablum, a trademark for an infant cereal

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“Pablum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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