pleas·​ing ˈplē-ziŋ How to pronounce pleasing (audio)
: giving pleasure : agreeable
the sun's pleasing warmth
pleasingly adverb
pleasingness noun

Examples of pleasing in a Sentence

He wanted his kitchen to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. pleasing music in the background
Recent Examples on the Web Hopefully the decently tranquil conditions accompanying upper 50s to low 60s were pleasing. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 The practice also releases neurochemicals in the brain that can be pleasing to the body. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 2 Apr. 2024 Parents will appreciate that this sensory toy is quiet, aesthetically pleasing, and won’t take up too much room. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Many of the most popular middle names in America—such as Marie and Ann, which ranked in the top-10 middle names for every single decade from 1900 until 2015—may have been chosen for their pleasing poetic rhythm, Sophie Kihm, the editor in chief of the baby-naming site Nameberry, told me. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 People fall into limiting patterns—for example, people pleasing. Anne Sugar, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The photos showed a fair amount of detail and a pleasing amount of contrast. David English, PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 Add in a pleasing makeover and one of the best pairs of headphones just got better. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024 Eternal Sunshine represents another mature, high-quality album from Grande that’s more consistently pleasing than Positions but comes up just short of the transcendent nature of the Sweetener/Thank U, Next one-two punch. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pleasing was in the 14th century

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“Pleasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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: giving pleasure : agreeable
pleasingly adverb

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