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pleasant

[plez-uh nt] /ˈplɛz ənt/
adjective
1.
pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure:
pleasant news.
2.
(of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.
3.
fair, as weather:
a pleasant summer day.
4.
Archaic. lively, sprightly, or merry.
5.
Obsolete. jocular or facetious.
Origin of pleasant
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English plesaunt < Middle French plaisant, orig. present participle of plaisir to please; see -ant
Related forms
pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun
Synonyms
1. welcome, gratifying. 2. delightful, congenial, friendly.
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  • She only pleasantly remembered him; he never forgot her till his death.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He pleasantly promises the ignominious death of your chief friends.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • An instant his superb eye resented, but then he pleasantly did my bidding.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • After she had accepted the care of him, and that so pleasantly, he wasn't satisfied!

  • The thin, old voice tinkled on pleasantly in the Talentless One's ears.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for pleasantly

pleasant

/ˈplɛzənt/
adjective
1.
giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
2.
having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
3.
(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 pleasantly

pleasant

adj.

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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