Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arousing or provoking laughter

Etymologies

Late Latin rīsibilis, from Latin rīsus, past participle of rīdēre, to laugh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French risible. from Late Latin rīsibilis, rīsus ("laughter") + -ibilis, from the perfect passive participle of rīdeō ("laugh"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only website representing Welsh Labour on the web that isn't entirely risible is the party's official website, which nevertheless can be criticised for its lack of imagination, innovation and provision for Welsh speakers in comparison to certain other party websites.

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  • No surprise here; the BBC's agenda against Christianity has long been evident anyone recall the risible Bonekickers, among others?

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  • (aka risible BNP singing "star" Joey Smith), who is standing for election in Dewsbury on Oct

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  • Good on Stringer for calling the anti-Casino line suggesting Manchestre hadn't been coming up withe other regeneration ideas 'risible'.

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  • _I answer that, _ What belongs to one cannot be said of another, unless they are both the same; thus "risible" can be predicated only of man.

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  • Brendan Gormley, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, said the claim that aid agencies had lost their humanitarianism ethos was "risible".

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  • Many, many critics have written on the unconscious homoeroticism of Hopkins's poetry; my review referred to only one, Helen Vendler, and it was from Vendler that I borrowed the word "risible," which she uses in her discussion in The Breaking of Style (1995) of "The Bugler's First Communion"; in this poem, she observes, "metaphor takes on such unconscious sexual analogy that a psychoanalytic reading finds it almost risible (the bugler boy 'to all I teach/Yields ténder as a púshed péach')."

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  • Sarah, although my own disagreement with Dr. Seitz is evident in the thread above, I will say that your accusation that Dr. Seitz is acting in other than good faith is unfair (perhaps, to use his rejoinder to me - "risible"). orthodox dioceses in the US, and that is a commendable thing. orthodox need to deal with, and the sooner the better, is the co-ordination of ministry - or at least, not allowing our ministries to cancel each other.

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  • Despite Elizabeth Crawford's irreplaceable scholarship and Sue Croft's creative work in theatre, they should not have the last word on Rebecca Lenkiewicz's remarkable play about the suffragettes, Her Naked Skin (politics, "risible" lesbian love (Crawford) and absence of working-class participation and real historical figures (Croft) are the principal criticisms.

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  • The idea that participating on a listserv counts, however, seems to me not just wrong but risible.

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  • "I think guys who take Cialis are risible", said Tom woodenly.

    December 12, 2007