pablum

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

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Comey spoke in no uncertain terms about Trump’s deficiencies in office—and also offered some strangely centrist pablum about the perils of impeachment. Sam Schube, GQ, "James Comey Is a Chelsea Boot Boy," 16 Apr. 2018 Never have commissioners picked a worse time to dally, muttering pablum and doing their best impression of an uncaring, bloated government. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma: Lake County Commission dawdles while victims suffer," 20 Sep. 2017 This literally started as principles yesterday and morphed into mindless pablum in 24 hours. vanityfair.com, "Republicans Still Have No Idea What the White House Is Doing on Tax Reform," 2 Aug. 2017 This literally started as principles yesterday and morphed into mindless pablum in 24 hours. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "Republicans Still Have No Idea What the White House Is Doing on Tax Reform," 2 Aug. 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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