[plezh-er-uh-buh l]
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Origin of pleasurable

First recorded in 1570–80; pleasure + -able
Related formspleas·ur·a·ble·ness, nounpleas·ur·a·bly, adverbqua·si-pleas·ur·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-pleas·ur·a·bly, adverbun·pleas·ur·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unpleasurable

Historical Examples of unpleasurable

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


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for unpleasurable


  1. enjoyable, agreeable, or gratifying
Derived Formspleasurableness, nounpleasurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpleasurable



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

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