pleasurable

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From pleasure +‎ -able.

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pleasurable (comparative more pleasurable, superlative most pleasurable)

  1. That gives pleasure
    The massage was a pleasurable experience.
    • Francis Bacon
      Planting of orchards is very [] pleasurable.
    • 1879, Walter Mooney Hatch & ‎Edwin Hatch, The Moral Philosophy of Aristotle:
      Happiness is, therefore, a thing most excellent and noble, as well as being most pleasurable ;
    • 2006, Jonathan Balcombe, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good, ISBN 0230552277:
      Opiate receptors in human brains allow us to perceive pleasurable stimuli such as sweet tastes.
    • 2011, Jamie Cat Callan, French Women Don't Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love, ISBN 0806534966:
      They love good food, well prepared, truly fresh, and pleasurable.
  2. (obsolete) That has the purpose of giving pleasure; designed for or intended for pleasure.
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
      At Rome every Pleasurable Female pays a Julio per Week to the Church []
    • 1978, Charles Batten, Pleasurable Instruction, ISBN 0520032608:
      Impassioned pleas for pleasurable instruction appeared from the pens of such thinkers as Plato, Sidney, and Dryden, this ideal ultimately becoming one of the acknowledged cornerstones of neoclassical criticism.
    • 2014, Yong Gu Ji & ‎Sooshin Choi, Advances in Affective and Pleasurable Design, ISBN 1495121097:
      This volume discusses pleasurable design — a part of the traditional usability design and evaluation methodologies.

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