from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a manner that can be laughed at, humorous, in a laughable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a laughable manner; so as to excite laughter.

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

  • adv. so as to arouse or deserve laughter


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  • That's why they love PR so much - they call it laughably, fair votes!

    Lib Dems: Soon to become extinct?

  • Unlike “The Fast and the Furious,” which played its cop-in-deep-cover plot all too melodramatically straight and displayed too much misplaced conviction in laughably labored and long-winded soliloquies about street racing being the ultimate spiritual liberator, “2 Fast 2 Furious” is simply about the ride – no more, no less; not any buried pretense of actual deep meaning behind the ride.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • "benefit" (and I use that term laughably, as the only benefit they can prove is anecdotal at best).

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Granted, some TIF uses are legitimate, but even if we assume that just 15 percent is wasteful (a number that Ben Joravsky -- and many others -- would call laughably low), canceling these TIFs would provide more money for CPS than Huberman's newly-announced property tax hike.

    Paras Bhayani: Whose Fault is the CPS Budget Crisis?

  • First, Digg never fixed glaring flaws, namely the laughably inconsistent categorization of content and the ability of a tiny number of super users to completely dominate the service.

    EarthWeb IT Management News & Views

  • TUCHMAN: But then some of is kind of laughably obvious.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2007

  • Will GS get the same kind of laughably small BoA fine the SEC recently levied, implying a federal backstop even in the unlikely event of a successful prosecution/civil suit?


  • [I use "laughably" advisedly; I've actually had people laugh when I tell them that the direction of legal scholarship is set, in substantial measure, by 2d and 3d year law students.]

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • They either try to shame women out of using it, or they try to use it when it’s not applicable such as laughably describing someone who opposes any support for women’s equality like Sarah Palin a “feminist, but they are stuck on hating the word itself and wanting to stomp it out of existence.

    Hey, I wrote the 11th Buzziest Blog Post of All Time.

  • On the 10-years-in-six business, there are only two possibilities: Either supporters or opponents of Obamacare are attempting a laughably obvious deception.

    Wonkbook: So much State of the Union


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