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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English plesynge, pleizinge, plesende (present participle), equivalent to please +‎ -ing.


pleasing (comparative more pleasing, superlative most pleasing)

  1. Agreeable; giving pleasure, cheer, enjoyment or gratification.
    • 1962 October, Brian Haresnape, “Focus on B.R. passenger stations”, in Modern Railways, pages 250–251:
      Elegant brick and stone buildings, with iron and glass canopies and decorative wooden scalloping and fencing—all evidencing care on the part of the architect to produce a pleasing, well-planned building—were submerged beneath a profusion of ill-conceived additions and camouflaged by vulgar paint schemes; and the original conception was lost.
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  1. present participle and gerund of please.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English plesing, plesinge (satisfaction; pleasing), equivalent to please +‎ -ing.


pleasing (countable and uncountable, plural pleasings)

  1. pleasure or satisfaction, as in the phrase "to someone's pleasing."
    • a. 1678 (date written), Isaac Barrow, “(please specify the chapter name or sermon number). The Passion of our Blessed Saviour”, in The Works of Dr. Isaac Barrow. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: A[braham] J[ohn] Valpy, [], published 1830–1831, →OCLC:
      What more palpable confutation can there be of human vanity and arrogance, of all lofty imaginations, all presumptuous confidences, all turgid humours, all fond self-pleasings and self-admirings, than is that tragical cross []
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