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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In exchange for that insight (which hardly qualifies as a spoiler: What love triangle ever turned out happily?) we are treated to pleasurable shocks of irony and melancholy. Allison Adato, EW.com, "Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton command a smart, stripped down Betrayal," 6 Sep. 2019 Food was the obvious pleasurable and approachable medium for exploring new perspectives on dense topics that can otherwise feel alienating, uncomfortable, or complex to discuss. Vogue, "Who Speaks for the Bees? An Environmental Art Dinner Raises the Question," 20 Aug. 2019 Smoking in the tub is about as pleasurable as reading in the tub. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 The idea that pastoral practices can be pleasurable instead of burdensome is old news for the many home cooks today who know how to spot ramps in the wild and whip up D.I.Y. ricotta. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Best Cookbooks of the Century So Far," 14 July 2019 At the same time, the brain gradually releases less dopamine in response to other things the person once found pleasurable. Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, "A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit," 10 July 2019 The tuna as the Shota presents it is immensely pleasurable, almost seductively so, which makes thinking about the ethics of the act that much dicier. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Shota takes the stodgy out of omakase dining," 20 June 2019 At the same time, the brain gradually releases less dopamine in response to other things the person once found pleasurable. Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, "A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit," 10 July 2019 At the same time, the brain gradually releases less dopamine in response to other things the person once found pleasurable. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "Researchers peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of pleasurable

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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