from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Agreeable; gratifying.

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  • adj. that gives pleasure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of affording pleasure or satisfaction; gratifying; abounding in pleasantness or pleasantry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pleasing; giving or capable of giving pleasure; gratifying; pleasant.
  • Pleasure-seeking; capable of receiving pleasure.

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

  • adj. affording satisfaction or pleasure


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  • She wanted to recall the pleasurable sensations of the day, and to prolong them.

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  • Not long after these exciting camp meetings and protracted efforts had passed over many of these persons, who had been most vociferous in their praise of God for cleansing them of their many sins, readily fell thereafter by the wayside in engaging in what is known as pleasurable evils.

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  • 'Philothea' [44] that it was forbidden to enjoy any bodily pleasure, except in lawful wedlock; this teaching recurred to my mind; the sensations I had experienced could certainly be described as pleasurable; I had, therefore, committed a sin, and, indeed, a sin of the most shameful and grievous character, because it was the sin most of all displeasing to the Lamb without blemish and without spot.

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