from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to laughter or used in eliciting laughter.
  • adj. Eliciting laughter; ludicrous.
  • adj. Capable of laughing or inclined to laugh.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to laughter
  • adj. Provoking laughter; ludicrous; ridiculous; humorously insignificant
  • adj. Easily laughing; prone to laughter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the faculty or power of laughing; disposed to laugh.
  • adj. Exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing.
  • adj. Used in, or expressing, laughter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the faculty or power of laughing.
  • Laughable; capable of exciting laughter; ridiculous.
  • Of or pertaining to laughter; exerted to produce laughter: as, the risible faculty.
  • Same as risibilities. See risibility, 2.

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  • adj. arousing or provoking laughter


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin rīsibilis, from Latin rīsus, past participle of rīdēre, to laugh.

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From French risible. from Late Latin rīsibilis, rīsus ("laughter") + -ibilis, from the perfect passive participle of rīdeō ("laugh").


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