Pablum


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Pab·lum

 (păb′ləm)
A trademark for a bland soft cereal for infants.

pab·lum

 (păb′ləm)
n.
1. A bland soft cereal for infants.
2. Intellectual material that is bland, trite, or insipid: "It was the sort of pablum routinely pronounced by State Department spokesmen when they had no real policy to describe" (Steve Coll).

[Originally a trademark.]

Pablum

(ˈpɑːbləm)
n
(Cookery) trademark a cereal food for infants, developed in Canada

Pab•lum

(ˈpæb ləm)
1. Trademark. a brand of soft cereal for infants.
n.
2. (l.c.) trite, naive, or simplistic ideas or writings; intellectual pap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pablum - a soft form of cereal for infantsPablum - a soft form of cereal for infants  
trademark - a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product
soft diet, spoon food, pap - a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders
cereal - a breakfast food prepared from grain
2.pablum - worthless or oversimplified ideas
drivel, garbage - a worthless message
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And when responding to that statement, instead of camouflaging the response with more buzzword pablum, we should provide a clear, concise response that communicates we are flexible and will work with you.
The meeting also dealt with destructive pablum spewed forth by extremist groups in the region coaxing the youth to adopt extremist and hateful ideas that in effect and unwittingly mar the true picture of Islam, said the minister, urging that GCC information ministries counter the hateful speech of these extremist and odious groups by taking up a unified speech that appeal to the mind and soul of the youth.
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This recoil from crowd-pleasing pablum continued through the sixties.
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Despite the pablum about an "economic recovery" constantly being spewed by Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama, faith in our economic system continues to decline.
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