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blank slate

n.
Something that has yet to be marked, determined, or developed: "arguing ... whether embryonic neurons are blank slates or prefabricated units destined for a particular fate" (Natalie Angier).
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Stem cells are "blank slate" cells that can be turned into any kind of tissue and used to treat a host of diseases
Katie O'Connor is 15 and her previous life is something of a blank slate. She can't remember much of it, or even the year before, with clarity.
But given the current blank slate, we want to know what you would ideally like to see.
The artist - any man - starts LIVING on earth as a 'TABULA RASA', a blank slate, a white-primed empty canvas.
Budding Bay Area pizzaiolos can use Vicolo Pizza's ($8.99; vicolopizza.com) cornmeal crust pizza (pictured) as a blank slate. Cappello's sheep's-milk cheese on gluten-free crust ($14; cappellos.com) will convert store-bought pizza naysayers nationwide.
'It's a blank slate right now,' Geraldino told the Inquirer, adding: 'So far, her family has been saying that she had no enemies.'
You can also develop your own footballing philosophy, with pre-set options giving a model to tweak rather than having to work from a completely blank slate. There's never been a better time to pull on a tracksuit.
We start from a blank slate and hope to try and fill out that sheet.
Suspicious of the assertion, popular in humanities courses, that the most important features of human life--gender, language, family, science, morality--were "social constructs" with no basis in the natural world, I downloaded a copy of Pinker's 2002 book, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.
The design team began with a blank slate, using Toyota New Global Architecture as the basis for the all-new platform, units, electronics and other core components.
But given a blank slate the UK armed forces could look very different.
I love the blank slate of a brand new year - even if it is full of resolutions that I know I will never keep.