• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pleasant (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior "I didn't enjoy it and probably wasn't a pleasant person to be around"
    • adj pleasant affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings "we had a pleasant evening together","a pleasant scene","pleasant sensations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each nostril of a human being register smell in a different way. Smells that are made from the right nostril are more pleasant than the left. However, smells can be detected more accurately when made by the left nostril
    • n Pleasant A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.
    • Pleasant Cheerful; enlivening; gay; sprightly; humorous; sportive; as, pleasant company; a pleasant fellow. "From grave to light, from pleasant to serve."
    • Pleasant Pleasing; grateful to the mind or to the senses; agreeable; as, a pleasant journey; pleasant weather. "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Quito in Ecuador, South America, is said to have the most pleasant climate in the world. It is called the 'Land of Eternal Spring.' The temperature rarely drops below 46 degrees Fahrenheit during the night, or exceed 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
    • pleasant Pleasing; delightful; agreeable; grateful to the mind or to the senses.
    • pleasant Merry; lively; cheerful; gay.
    • pleasant Jocular; witty; facetious.
    • pleasant Synonyms Pleasant, Pleasing, Agreeable, Congenial, gratifying, acceptable, welcome. Pleasing is the strongest, and agreeable the weakest of the first four words. Pleasant may be, and generally is, applied to things in the concrete: as, pleasant weather. Pleasing applies generally to things not physical: as, a pleasant face; a pleasing aspect, variety. Pleasant suggests the effect produced, pleasing the power of producing it; hence we may say a pleasant or a pleasing variety. Pleasing must be objective, pleasant may be subjective : as, he was in a pleasant mood. Agreeable and congenial are used of social qualities and relations, but the latter goes deeper, expressing a natural suitableness, on the part of a person or thing, to the tastes, habits, temperament, or passing mood of the person concerned.
    • n pleasant A humorist; a droll; a jester; a buffoon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pleasant pleasing: agreeable: cheerful: gay: facetious
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  • Voltaire
    “If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.”
  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
  • Seneca
    “We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.”
  • Horace
    “To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.”
  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plaisant,. See Please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire)—L. placēre, to please.


In literature:

I had almost come to think that Magnolia might be a pleasant place.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
He winked to her pleasantly across the bed.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
But it is pleasant to be safe home again, and to find all well.
"The Inglises" by Margaret Murray Robertson
His wife must have a pleasant time.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
They had long walks, too, by hill and dale; pleasantly silent or pleasantly talkative, all pleasant to Ellen!
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
The work would have been really pleasant if we could only have kept the band of hogs out.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
He was quite out of his element between these two, and yet the very fact pleasantly excited his pride.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
A pleasant-faced, youngish woman came to receive them.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The talk was pleasant, but that did not matter so much.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Learn to say kind and pleasant things when opportunity offers.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke

In poetry:

What subtle charm is in thy voice,
That ever, when I hear its tone,
My heart doth pleasantly rejoice,
And fondly turns to thee alone?
"A Swain To His Sweetheart" by Thomas Frederick Young
"Say not, thy fond, vain heart within,
The Father's arm shall still be wide,
When from these pleasant ways of sin
Thou turn'st at eventide.
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So plain it reproduced the hours
We lived as one,—the books we read,
Our quiet walks and pleasant talks—
Love, by your spirit was I led?
"You Left Me" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
By faith in Christ I walk with God,
With heav'n, my journeys'-end, in view;
Supported by his staff and rod,
My road is safe and pleasant too,
"Walking With God" by John Newton
The spring brings forth the springing flowers,
That deck the meadows green;
The trees bud forth--the shady bowers,
More pleasant will be seen.
"The Seasons Of The Year Compared To the Life Of A Man" by Susannah Hawkins
"Why do I sing--Tra-la-la-la-la!
Glad as a King?--Tra-la-la-la-la!
Well, since you ask,--
I have such a pleasant task,
I can not help but sing!
"Song" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The Shirley Conservation Commission's annual Fall Foliage Walk took place on the pleasantly warm and partly sunny Sunday afternoon of Oct.14.
Saturday had been fairly chilly, and Sunday morning was rainy, so it was a pleasant suprise to see the weather cooperate so nicely when the time came to do the walk.
Pleasantly Warm (Upper 30s – Low 40s For Sunrise Service).
This simple, pleasant cafeteria offers specialties from North Carolina, where the owner, Patricia Lee, grew up.
Predators reboot a pleasant, gory surprise.
M onica Hammock and Edwin Castillo did not have the best experience with the contractor they hired in 2003 to work on their Mount Pleasant rowhouse.
You want to feel confident that your company will have a comfortable and pleasant stay at your house.
"A pleasant fruity scent," noted one.
Derry, NH — Stella G Halfyard, 96, of Derry, NH died Wednesday September 12, 2012 in the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, Derry.
Mostly Clear, Bright and Pleasant.
At the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta, a large chimpanzee named Winston is taking part in an unusually pleasant experiment.
Pleasant conditions to see the Harvest Moon .
It's a pleasant weekend across the UP.
98 Church St Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 Mt Pleasant 843 388-0003
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach.

In science:

With the ever increasing popularity of news search engines, displaying the information in a more practical and pleasant way is becoming a challenging and important issue.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
I found a pleasant surprise in the poster session of LP11. A ma jority of posters from ATLAS and CMS showed analyses involving the τ lepton.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
While E-ink based eReaders might be pleasant to read from, reading PDFs on such devices requires quite a bit of scrolling and adjusting zoom settings.
Examining Motivations behind Paper Usage in Academia
One such suggested extension, with which we were very pleasantly surprised, was Meinshausen’s discussion of the defining hypotheses.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
Acknowledgments: Many thanks go to Stephan Narison and his team for organising this pleasant and interesting workshop. I am grateful to G.
World Summary of $\alpha_s$ (2012)