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When one hears that something smells, one would generally assume that it smells bad.

Isn't there a word which wouldn't bring to mind the idea of a bad odor? For example, how would you describe pot-pourri (assuming you like the smell of pot-pourri)? If possible, I would like an adjective, or a word that could takes the place of an adjective.

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possible duplicate of What is the opposite of "to stink" (v)? Is there one at all? – Kit Z. Fox Sep 16 '11 at 12:10
@Kitḫ not entirely, the post you link is about searching a verb, whereas I am searching for an adjective. They are related, but I don't think they are duplicates. – Eldroß Sep 16 '11 at 12:25
dict.leo.org/ende?search=duften – starblue Sep 17 '11 at 7:24
up vote 19 down vote accepted

How about fragrant or scented? Or you could try sweet-smelling, floral or something else referring to the specific scent.

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How about using the word aromatic?

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Make sure there are no chemists in the audience if you use aromatic. Some of the aromatic compounds are not fragrant at all. – Agriculturist Jan 24 at 4:02


fra·grant /ˈfrāgrənt/ Adjective: Having a pleasant or sweet smell.

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