- 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
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Examples from the Web for risible
This year introduced a new, risible entry to the cultural lexicon: “The Coachella Diet.”Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs
April 12, 2014
The argument depends on a number of risible and obviously untrue assumptions.Single Mothers Are Not America’s Real Welfare Queens
January 10, 2014
His essay was considered so risible that few even bothered trying to argue with it.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
His stature with the French public has sunk from rising star to risible lecher.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid: How the Case Changed France
December 11, 2012
Funny, but years ago the idea of seatbelts other than in an airplane or tobacco being deadly was risible.Stop Indulging, America
October 24, 2009
She provided her, at a risible charge, with succulent meals.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol
William J. Locke
Annette declined to laugh at the most risible caricatures of Tinman.The Short Works of George Meredith
Has such a risible calamity ever occurred before in any age?An Artist's Letters From Japan
John La Farge
He dictated with calm deliberation, and shewed no risible feeling even when he had made a humorous point.
Which very probably the philosopher had in his head, when he defined man a risible animal.Ebrietatis Encomium
- having a tendency to laugh
- causing laughter; ridiculous
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.