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[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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  • But he did look forward with pleasurable excitement to his visit, for all that.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • He experienced a feeling of pleasurable excitement and anticipation.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Edwards had never been there before, and consequently his feelings were curiously compounded of fear and pleasurable expectation.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • The absence of Anthony was a relief and his visits were pleasurable.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • She was human; and this flattery, free of any suggestion of love-making, gave her a warming, 171 pleasurable thrill.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
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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