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[plez-uh nt] /ˈplɛz ənt/
pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure:
pleasant news.
(of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.
fair, as weather:
a pleasant summer day.
Archaic. gay, sprightly, or merry.
Obsolete. jocular or facetious.
Origin of pleasant
1325-75; Middle English plesaunt < Middle French plaisant, orig. present participle of plaisir to please; see -ant
Related forms
pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun
1. welcome, gratifying. 2. delightful, congenial, friendly. Unabridged
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  • For cure of heart-ache, he suggested the pleasantness of garden nooks, and the repose that lingers about a dew-sprinkled lawn.

  • Now there had come a letter from the Dean full of smiles and pleasantness about this visit.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • Some of the pleasantness of the effect of lines printed from a woodcut is due to the fact that they print a more clearly cut line.

  • It was as though she said farewell to its comfort and pleasantness.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • One was in a state of melancholy, and now there's nothing but pleasantness and friendly disposition.

    The Cause of it All Leo Tolstoy
  • Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • He answered her, 'I bewail my condition, which is beggary, and the lack of that which filleth with pleasantness.'

  • There arose between them a relationship full of pleasantness.

    Strife and Peace Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for pleasantness


giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
(obsolete) merry and lively
Derived Forms
pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasantness



late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French plaisant "pleasant, pleasing, agreeable" (12c.), present participle of plaisir "to please" (see please). Pleasantry has the word's modern French sense of "funny, jocular." Related: Pleasantly.

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