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(1)   Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
"He was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"
"The hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject"
"The manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"
"Affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability" - Ezra Pound
(2)   Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
"A bland little drama"
"A flat joke"
(3)   Lacking taste or flavor or tang
"A bland diet"
"Insipid hospital food"
"Flavorless supermarket tomatoes"
"Vapid beer"
"Vapid tea"


  1. Mild; dull; soft; gentle; smooth in manner; suave.
    a bland temper
    bland persuasion
    a bland sycophant
  2. Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
    a bland oil
    a bland diet
  3. Lacking in taste or vigor.
    the coffee was bland
    the judge found the defense's case to be bland