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 pleasurability (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 pleasurableness (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 pleasurably (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 Self-deception, if not actually pleasurable, at least can avoid such discomforts. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The ‘Slow Pearl Harbors’ of the Coronavirus Crisis," 23 Mar. 2020 Yes, nature is pleasurable, and being outside is necessary relief. Boyce Upholt, Outside Online, "Parks Are Closing—but Wilderness Is All Around You," 27 Mar. 2020 Symmetry reduces the representational requirement of a visual object by finding regularities, triggering pleasurable reactions. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 30 Oct. 2015 As to whether the layers of cynicism and discomfort are actually pleasurable to watch? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'#blackAF': TV Review," 16 Apr. 2020 Gollan includes meditation in a larger therapeutic strategy called behavioral activation that employs pleasurable activities as a way to motivate people. Sara Harrison, Wired, "Why Stress-Baking and Cleaning Make You Less Anxious," 27 Mar. 2020 As trends go, this one is benign and often pleasurable. John King,, "San Francisco’s skyline has a holiday glow. It’s a global thing," 26 Dec. 2019 Anything that makes the experience more intimate and pleasurable helps you immerse yourself. New York Times, "Geffen Hall’s Renovation Could Transform How We Hear It," 3 Dec. 2019 But there will be plenty of weekends ahead when gardening will be not only feasible but also pleasurable — surely better than a buggy, 90-degree day in July. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019

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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. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pleasurable

somewhat formal : causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment


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