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meaning :

  1. lacking matter; empty; devoid of substance;
  2. naive, simplistic, and superficial;
  3. without interest or significance; dull; insipid;
  4. lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed;

use : used for ideas, writings or thinking; formal or old-fashioned use;

origin :  Early 17th century: from Latin jejunus ‘fasting, barren’. The original sense was ‘without food’, hence ‘not intellectually nourishing’.

examples :

  1. They were of great service in correcting my jejune generalizations.
  2. Like Whitman’s poetry, Elvrum’s lyrics are often as elementary as a child’s jejune rambling, and yet, in their simplicity, they’re sturdy, sophisticated, and poignantly inquisitive.
  3. I am surprised by their jejune responses to our problems.
  4. Seldon’s authors, half of them academics, half journalists, are competent and fall down only in their often jejune judgments.

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October 12, 2015

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