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[riz-uh-buh l] /ˈrɪz ə bəl/
causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.
having the ability, disposition, or readiness to laugh.
pertaining to or connected with laughing.
Origin of risible
1550-60; < Late Latin rīsibilis that can laugh, equivalent to Latin rīs(us) (past participle of rīdēre to laugh) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
unrisible, adjective
1. funny, humorous, comical. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for risible
  • Their simplifications, generalizations and appalling command of logic only make their whining more risible.
  • The flagrant double standard would be risible if it did not carry such serious consequences.
  • Judged by the risible progress in the past four years, neither seems likely.
  • The defeat of his cherished colour-coded terrorism alerts was risible.
  • Salads might in some other restaurant be risible sops to the tastes of the timid.
  • His explanation was too risible to repeat, let alone rebut.
  • Yet risible as the cause may be, the danger is real.
  • Overall a weak and somewhat risible effort on your part.
  • The dialogue is expectedly risible, while the story is at once elemental and incomprehensible.
  • Nothing wrong with that, except that the results were often risible.
British Dictionary definitions for risible


having a tendency to laugh
causing laughter; ridiculous
Derived Forms
risibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin rīsibilis, from Latin rīdēre to laugh
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Word Origin and History for risible

1550s, "given to laughter," from Middle French risible (14c.) and directly from Late Latin risibilis "laughable, able to laugh," from Latin risus, past participle of ridere "to laugh." Meaning "capable of exciting laughter, comical" is from 1727.

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