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

Other Words from pleasurable

pleasurability \ ˌplezh-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce pleasurable (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 pleasurable (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 pleasurable (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
Recent Examples on the Web Consuming wealth does not make one wealthier no matter how pleasurable spending may be. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 Unfortunately, lessons about power are rarely pleasurable. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2021 Your voice can be also physical, creative, political, and even pleasurable. Alice Sparkly Kat, Allure, 27 Oct. 2021 That doesn’t mean all masochistic activities are meaningful and pleasurable. Leigh Cowart, Wired, 30 Sep. 2021 For many of us, this had the glamour of seeming like writing while also appearing to be a pleasurable and creative alternative to a real job, particularly for those of us with no actual skills or qualifications. Choire Sicha, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 Who knew that wriggling through underwater crevices could be pleasurable, that floating in lightless pockets of rock could be Zen? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Sure, that’s what the team always does to metal covers, but hearing that skillset again here is no less pleasurable. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Optimizing for interesting gives us the ability, number one, to do something pleasurable, which is good. Karen Walker, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021

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1557, in the meaning defined above

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: causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment


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