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banal (adj) trite; commonplace.

Anything that is ordinary and lacking newness, and so not interesting is banal. Ideas or patterns that have often been repeated, and having nothing new, and so uninteresting are banal. A banal tune is a piece of music that is uninteresting because we have heard it too often. A joke, a story, a song, etc., are banal if they are very ordinary, and often repeated, and so uninteresting. Anything lacking originality is banal. Hackneyed is banal.

  • The senator's speech was hopelessly banal. It had nothing new to offer, no new plans to be implemented, and no new policies to be adopted.
  • As the evening grew darker, the travelers on the lonely road were cheered when they heard a song over the loud speaker from a roadside restaurant. It was not the song that interested them, as it was banal, but the human habitation near by it indicated.
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