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

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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

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a pleasurable hot bath after a tiring day a number of pleasurable additions to the state fair this year

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Lube is also a great way to make intercourse feel more pleasurable. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: Why Does Vaginal Sex Feel So Unsatisfying to Me?," 27 Sep. 2018 In this pleasurable moment, remember that Victorian Bostonians found this park to be offensively bright. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 Actually, there's only one real secret to successfully achieving a safe and rewarding, pleasurable three-way: candor. Sophia Lucido Johnson, Redbook, "3 Ways to Go About Setting Up a Threesome, From Someone Who's Had Multiple," 1 Mar. 2017 The watches were the most pleasurable purchases, especially when Swatch was in its neon color–blocking phase. Stacey Griffith, Town & Country, "Stacey Griffith, the Queen of SoulCyle, on Her Lifelong Love of Watches," 11 Apr. 2017 The vaginal canal is most sensitive near the opening, so even the most spacious vags should still find shallow thrusting pleasurable. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: Will too much deep thrusting damage my cervix?," 1 May 2017 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

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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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