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risibility

[riz-uh-bil-i-tee]
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noun, plural ris·i·bil·i·ties.
  1. Often risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd.
  2. laughter.
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Origin of risibility

From the Late Latin word rīsibilitās, dating back to 1610–20. See risible, -ity
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Examples from the Web for risibility

Historical Examples

  • Not so Caspar—whose mirth was at once excited to the point of risibility.

    The Cliff Climbers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • My "caubeen" especially excited the risibility of the merry boys who thronged the streets.

    The Felon's Track

    Michael Doheny

  • In truth, it raised her sense of risibility to such a degree so often that she had to hold her sides for the pain of laughing.

    Edith and John

    Franklin S. Farquhar

  • And they were soon joined by Sir Sedley Clarendel, whose quaint conceits and remarks assisted the risibility of the scene.

    Camilla

    Fanny Burney

  • Mr. Maguire did not respond to the young squire's risibility; the cast of his countenance was decidedly serious.

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough


British Dictionary definitions for risibility

risibility

noun plural -ties
  1. a tendency to laugh
  2. hilarity; laughter
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