pleasurable

adjective
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 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

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This is absolutely correct: Like alcohol, tobacco and hundreds of prescription medications, marijuana has mood-altering effects that many people find pleasurable. WSJ, "Marijuana Health Benefits Need More Study," 29 Jan. 2019 Still others either aren’t capable of having an orgasm, or find that orgasming is painful rather than pleasurable. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like," 20 Nov. 2018 Cooking at home isn’t particularly pleasurable in New York City. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "The James Beard Awards Rising Star Chef Nominees Answer Burning Food Questions," 10 May 2018 To be fair, this isn’t a salad in the typical sense, but a dish that can be pleasurable with its combination of tart, sweet and heat. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: For Easter, a spiced fruit salad," 29 Mar. 2018 What is masturbation if not an incredibly pleasurable form of physical activity? Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 These massive sing-outs were monstrously pleasurable and magnificently illuminating. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘Handel in London’ Review: The First Musician-Entrepreneur," 21 Dec. 2018 Even better, the implementation of Android 9 on the OnePlus 6T is a faultlessly smooth and pleasurable experience. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 Few Georgian evenings can have been more pleasurable than a candlelit tour of Walpole’s cabinets and closets. Dominic Green, WSJ, "One Man’s Gothic Fantasy," 26 Oct. 2018

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1557, in the meaning defined above

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pleasurable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pleasurable

somewhat formal : causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment

pleasurable

adjective
plea·​sur·​able | \ ˈple-zhə-rə-bəl How to pronounce pleasurable (audio) \

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