Definitions

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  • n. The state, quality, or characteristic of being bland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being bland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being bland; mildness; gentleness; soothingness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being bland and gracious or ingratiating in manner
  • n. the trait of exhibiting no personal embarrassment or concern
  • n. lacking any distinctive or interesting taste property

Etymologies

bland +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is opposed to what it calls the blandness and crassness of the modern world.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • A check-the-boxes approach to creativity is more likely to result in blandness and failure.

    Disney’s Iger Shows Up The Street

  • But she managed to school her expression for blandness, averting her eyes slightly to stare at a tapestry.

    Tempted by Your Touch

  • It’s this ‘parsnip policy’ that, arguably, imbues ELT books with a certain blandness – what Mario Rinvolucri once characterised as “the soft, fudgey, sub-journalistic, woman’s magaziney world of EFLese course materials” (1999, p. 14).

    T is for Taboo « An A-Z of ELT

  • He has sought to turn his everyman image—some call it blandness—into a virtue, saying these are serious times.

    Pawlenty's Homespun Tale

  • They floated, and she began to suspect their blandness was a form of turtle happiness, or at least contentment, from the way they blinked their eyes in the sun, and continued to float.

    Something Unpredictable

  • His blandness is the product of a system in which decisions are made by consensus and officials who don't make mistakes are elevated over those who show initiative.

    latimes.com - News

  • At times here the songs meander dangerously close to blandness, which is a tragedy considering what the band show themselves to be capable of elsewhere on the record.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • It used to be a lot more open to originality, talent and competition, unil they deregulated the entrtainmnt companies and caused American culture o degenerate into severe blandness, that is not that diffrent tha Canadian's media culture - just a Hell of a ot more expensive.

    John K Stuff

  • I am not, of course, accusing Taco Bell of selling contaminated meat but merely pointing out that "blandness" is almost the least of your problems if you rely on feedlot animals or culled dairy cows for your beef.

    Andrew Gunther: Taco Bell's PR Is Way Outside the Bun!

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  • Heh-heh-heh.

    April 3, 2008

  • Jose Saramago's account of a city laid low by a mysterious epidemic which causes all of its victims to lose their ability to taste their food.

    April 3, 2008