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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
First recorded in 1570-80; pleasure + -able
Related forms
pleasurableness, noun
pleasurably, adverb
quasi-pleasurable, adjective
quasi-pleasurably, adverb
unpleasurable, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was a new sensation, not unpleasurable, and in thanking him she blushed.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • 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.

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

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

    The Wallet of Kai Lung Ernest Bramah
  • 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
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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