9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[plezh-er-uh-buh l] /ˈplɛʒ ər ə bəl/
such as to give pleasure; enjoyable; agreeable; pleasant:
a pleasurable experience.
Origin of pleasurable
1570-80; pleasure + -able
Related forms
pleasurableness, noun
pleasurably, adverb
quasi-pleasurable, adjective
quasi-pleasurably, adverb
unpleasurable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pleasurable
  • As a new admirer of his work it is pleasurable to see articles and books still written by him.
  • Travel today isn't always pleasurable or desirable, but you can improve the experience of moving through time and space.
  • But few offer realistic solutions to stop the losses and make flying pleasurable again.
  • But whether your trip is by air or land, a few advance planning tips can make your vacation more pleasurable than painful.
  • No critic has succeeded in making him appear pleasurable or even interesting.
  • Rhythm also makes movement pleasurable, as in the dance.
  • And, conversely, the perception of rhythm in things external to oneself is both easy and pleasurable.
  • It's as useful an illustration as it is a pleasurable sentence.
  • For many people there is nothing more pleasurable than giving gifts of books.
  • Fear may not be one of the more pleasurable emotions, but it is an effective survival tool.
British Dictionary definitions for pleasurable


enjoyable, agreeable, or gratifying
Derived Forms
pleasurableness, noun
pleasurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pleasurable

1570s, from pleasure (n.) + -able. Related: Pleasurability; pleasurably. For sense, cf. comfortable.

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