plea·​sur·​able ˈplezh-rə-bəl How to pronounce pleasurable (audio)
: 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
ˌplezh-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce pleasurable (audio)
The right varietals and blends take spicy, umami and sweet Asian flavors to an entirely new level of pleasurability for guests … Mary Melton
ˈplezh-rə-bəl-nəs How to pronounce pleasurable (audio)
… we can attest to the pleasurableness of the New England clam chowder … Frank Cohen
ˈplezh-rə-blē How to pronounce pleasurable (audio)
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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pleasurable was in 1557

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“Pleasurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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plea·​sur·​able ˈplezh-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce pleasurable (audio)
pleasurably adverb

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