plea·​sur·​able | \ ˈplezh-rə-bəl How to pronounce pleasurable (audio) , ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā- \

Definition of pleasurable

: causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment : pleasant a pleasurable sensation pleasurable emotions the pleasurable effects of a drug There aren't many more pleasurable activities than shaking your thing in the streets, surrounded by all the sights and sounds of the carnival.Time Out The movie takes you away, and much of the trip is a pleasurable experience, with dazzling visuals, a bright score coupled with insanely catchy pop tunes, and a charismatic cast.— Ed Johnson-Ott

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pleasurability \ ˌplezh-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce pleasurable (audio) , ˌplāzh-​ ; ˌple-​zhə-​ , ˌplā-​ \ noun
The right varietals and blends take spicy, umami and sweet Asian flavors to an entirely new level of pleasurability for guests … — Mary Melton
pleasurableness \ ˈplezh-​rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce pleasurable (audio) , ˈplāzh-​ ; ˈple-​zhə-​ , ˈplā-​ \ noun
… we can attest to the pleasurableness of the New England clam chowder … — Frank Cohen
pleasurably \ ˈplezh-​rə-​blē How to pronounce pleasurable (audio) , ˈplāzh-​ ; ˈple-​zhə-​ , ˈplā-​ \ adverb
Have you ever dug your feet into the warm, soft surface of a white sand beach? Felt the fine, dry grains slide pleasurably between your toes? — Rafi Letzter

Examples of pleasurable in a Sentence

a pleasurable hot bath after a tiring day a number of pleasurable additions to the state fair this year
Recent Examples on the Web The morning became more pleasurable when Gold crossed the line ahead of all 1,979 Flying Pig Marathon contestants in 2:26:29 to earn the coveted laurel wreath. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 1 Nov. 2021 Rucker’s definition of fun can be any activity that’s a pleasurable experience (delightful or exciting, as well as relaxing or calm). Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 The percale sheets retain their crispness alongside a certain coziness that hints at the softest flannel (minus the overheating), making time spent between them that much more… pleasurable. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2022 Participants were also asked to indicate the extent to which the experiences were pleasurable or painful. Paul Bloom, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 There was an early day where the immersion was very, very pleasurable. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 But on Wilke's consumer side of the business, Gagnon says, InfoSec was seen as another overhead cost, one that cut into other projects that made Amazon faster, more profitable, and more pleasurable. Will Evans, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 But the early journey of unlocking facets of the game is made tolerable, even pleasurable, by the massive collection of automobiles. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 Empath’s second album, Visitor, is as pleasurable as the first – pulling from Jamiroquai presets and sampling Minecraft will cause such enjoyment. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pleasurable

1557, in the meaning defined above

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“Pleasurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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