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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Other Words from pleasurable

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 Something round, for continuity and endurance; something sweet, for this would surely be a pleasurable moment; something that spoke of community, for getting each other through it all., "Recipe: Giant break-apart sugar cookies to celebrate gathering for the first time in a long time in person," 27 Apr. 2021 Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had a pleasurable chance encounter with Davis Bertans while entering Capital One Arena before Monday night’s game with the Wizards. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Gregg Popovich enjoys warm exchange with ex-Spur Davis Bertans," 26 Apr. 2021 But be forewarned: For some of us readers who remember the real-time terror of Klaas’s kidnapping and its tragic aftermath, this novel may be too faithful to history to be wholly pleasurable. Washington Post, "In her novel ‘When the Stars Go Dark,’ Paula McLain draws on abuse cases, including her own," 23 Apr. 2021 Make space for pleasurable but low-stimulation activities like light exercise, yoga, meditation, reading, or journaling. Naz Beheshti, Forbes, "Sleeping Too Little? Too Much? Both Can Be Signs Of Exhaustion—Here’s How To Get Back On Track," 18 Mar. 2021 Lush images of Roach’s Hudson Valley spread can induce fantasies in which bugs and critters behave, the weather cooperates, and weeding claims a pleasurable few minutes a day., "Whether you possess a large yard or small windowsill, books about gardens can help satisfy cravings for plant life," 22 Apr. 2021 Earlier this year, Saturday Night Live poked fun at just how pleasurable browsing Zillow, the online real estate marketplace, can be. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Would You Choose Browsing Zillow Over Having Sex? New Survey Shows That Almost Half of Americans Would," 12 Apr. 2021 Participants have been encouraged to engage in pleasurable distractions while waiting, and to spend time getting comfortable in the dentist’s chair before procedures begin. The Economist, "The unseen Campaigners in China struggle to improve the lot of the disabled," 20 Mar. 2021 But the fluffy fresh snow often had a pleasurable pillowy give under my stocking feet. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Why should Minnesotans run in wool socks and no shoes? Ask the Finns," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of pleasurable

1557, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Pleasurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pleasurable

somewhat formal : causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment


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