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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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Examples from the Web for unpleasurable
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  • Yes, I seem to remember something of the sort, and with a not unpleasurable emotion.

  • It was a new sensation, not unpleasurable, and in thanking him she blushed.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • There they remained even to her own mind, in a state of suspense not unpleasurable but capable of becoming difficult.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • The contemplation of the horror of the hell gave him—and her, too, he thought—a curious feeling which was not unpleasurable.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • Through the growing, not unpleasurable, dizziness which came upon her thus, the man's voice made its way.

  • This suggestion did not carry with it the unpleasurable emotions which the Mandarin anticipated it would.

    The Wallet of Kai Lung Ernest Bramah
British Dictionary definitions for unpleasurable


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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