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

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The neck is full of nerve-endings, which can make a kiss there a lot more pleasurable. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Do Hickeys Hurt?," 3 May 2019 With Venus joining communication planet Mercury in your house of transformation, conversations about what changes need to take place are actually fairly pleasurable. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Libra Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Anyone would be forgiven for needing a rest from the fracas, and shifting gears to a more pleasurable endeavor; namely, tracking down the silliest, most beautiful baked good that the interwebs have to offer, whatever the gastrointestinal cost. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of pleasurable

1557, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pleasurable

somewhat formal : causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment


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