Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a pleasing manner; so as to give pleasure.

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  • adverb In a pleasing manner; agreeably; favourably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a pleasing manner

Etymologies

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pleasing +‎ -ly

Examples

  • America leads the world in obesity, and while you might prefer the term pleasingly plump, that extra weight is overtaxing your heart and joints, hardening your arteries and inviting diabetes.

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  • The archaic sense of meat = food in general makes the term pleasingly redundant, and I don't think it suggests a plant-free diet as carnivore does.

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  • Dear Frank, he writes, In view of Hooting Yard's present, thoroughly understandable, preoccupation with slobbering, now may be the right time to recall a pleasingly Keyesque passage in Virginia Woolf's

    Hooting Yard

  • Along about in there somewhere, I found out that I would be collaborating on a novel with a couple of writers who are much more famous and successful than I am, which in addition to being a kind of pleasingly sentimental project for all of us, should serve to raise my profile nicely among the reading public.

    Luck Storm

  • Along about in there somewhere, I found out that I would be collaborating on a novel with a couple of writers who are much more famous and successful than I am, which in addition to being a kind of pleasingly sentimental project for all of us, should serve to raise my profile nicely among the reading public.

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  • She was five feet tall, pretty, pleasingly plump, with tiny hands and feet, a noble brow and equally noble Roman nose, and large eyes beneath wide eyebrows.

    George Washington’s First War

  • An event in which the actual music takes a close second place to high-spirited larks among the attendees, the vibe, depending on your appetite for fancy dress this year: "Pop stars, rock stars, and divas" is either pleasingly unsnobby or like a large hen night at which PJ Harvey and The Cure happen to be playing.

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  • The Australian opener's hard-earned century ensured his captain Phil Mustard's decision to bat first on a pleasingly pacy Riverside track was just about justified after Andre Adams had threatened to embarrass the league leaders.

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  • In the spring of 2006, at the Hay-on-Wye book festival, I was introduced at dinner to Sir Martin Rees, who is the professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge University and also holds the pleasingly archaic title of Astronomer Royal.

    The Catastrophist

  • You may be surprised that somebody doing all that running can stay so pleasingly plump and then some.

    Roseanne Archy

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