plea·sur·able | \ˈplezh-rə-bəl, ˈplāzh-;ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā-\

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Other Words from pleasurable

pleasurability \ˌplezh-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌplāzh-; ˌple-zhə-, ˌplā- \ noun
pleasurableness \ˈplezh-rə-bəl-nəs, ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā- \ noun
pleasurably \ˈplezh-rə-blē, ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā- \ adverb

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

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The band’s music feels, to this day, dangerous in the most pleasurable and rare of ways. Lizzy Goodman, The Cut, "Kim Deal Is Still a Punk," 3 Apr. 2018 For some on the left and indeed on the right, polarization has become a drug that produces a pleasurable political delirium. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars," 11 July 2018 The jolt was not always pleasurable; if the work was demanding, the man could be, too. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, "Remembering Claude Lanzmann," 7 July 2018 Instead of being pleasurable, the summer becomes an ordeal. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s no place like home for weather weaklings," 11 June 2018 Skiing, scuba diving, following the Piero della Francesca trail in Umbria—such vacations are chosen assignments, pleasurable tasks, activities, projects. Patricia Hampl, WSJ, "All of Summer In a Single Afternoon," 21 June 2018 There’s room for discretionary calories, to have something pleasurable like ice cream or cake. Hattie Bernstein,, "Teaching young kids how to junk bad eating habits," 11 May 2018 Part of what makes Jack-Jack’s scramble with the (conveniently clawless) raccoon so pleasurable is its playfulness and relatively small scale. Brad Bird, New York Times, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ Is a Fast Blast (With Red Flags)," 13 June 2018 Adaptive playgrounds, sometimes called inclusive or accessible playgrounds, are created so children of all abilities can have a pleasurable play experience in the same space. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Disability friendly playground in Phoenix destroyed in fire," 7 June 2018

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1557, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pleasurable

: causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment


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evasion of direct action or statement

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