blandly, adv.blandness, n.
/bland/, adj., blander, blandest.
1. pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
2. soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
3. nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
4. not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
5. lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
6. unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.
[1590-1600; < L blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing]
Syn. 1. affable, mild, amiable; suave, urbane. 2, 3. soft, mild.
Ant. 1. cruel; boorish. 2. harsh. 3. irritating.

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