Origin of pleasant
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1. welcome, gratifying. 2. delightful, congenial, friendly.
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Examples from the Web for pleasantly
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He brings a palpable sense of decency and a pleasantly crinkly face to the role.Just Kill Mr. Bates Already! How to Save ‘Downton Abbey’
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His joy was shared by Paul Ryan, who said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the number in favor, which was higher than he expected.A Rare Bipartisan House Budget Vote Is Cause for Optimism
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He had a pleasantly jowly face, punctuated by a brushy mustache under his fleshy nose, his pants always fastened to suspenders.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
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She only pleasantly remembered him; he never forgot her till his death.
He pleasantly promises the ignominious death of your chief friends.
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!Southern Lights and Shadows
The thin, old voice tinkled on pleasantly in the Talentless One's ears.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
- having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
- obsolete merry and lively
C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please
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Word Origin and History for pleasantly
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