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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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  • Which very probably the philosopher had in his head, when he defined man a risible animal.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • Annette declined to laugh at the most risible caricatures of Tinman.

  • Her exclamations, at his extraordinary appearance, were too much for the risible muscles of the rest of the company.

    Manners, Vol 2 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • It was a perfect tragi-comedy; a mixture of the terrible, the risible, the ominous, the rococo.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • He dictated with calm deliberation, and shewed no risible feeling even when he had made a humorous point.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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