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

  • n. The ability or tendency to laugh.
  • n. A sense of the ludicrous or amusing. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Laughter; hilarity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being risible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being risible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of being risible; disposition to laugh.
  • n. plural The faculty of laughing; a sense of the ludicrous. Also risibles.

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

  • n. a disposition to laugh


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  • The gazers at Drilling soldiers discard risibility from the corners of their mouths, and every one led by hand-Bills or by hearing, are acting according to their pride, or their fear, or their interest.

    Letter 112

  • ˜rational mortal animal™ is thought to be the real definition of ˜human being™, regardless of other associated features (even necessary features such as risibility) or fortuitous images (as any mental image of a human will be of someone with determinate features).

    Peter Abelard

  • He is keenly alive to the risks—and occasional risibility—of American-style consumerism.

    Spend It or Save It?

  • The risibility of the title "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act Bill" is roughly equivalent to the risibility of any similar legislation's chances of being signed into law in the future, regardless of which party is in power.

    Sherwin B. Nuland M.D.: Deja Vu: The Repetitious History Of Health Care In America

  • Perhaps occasional risibility is sometimes the price of reaching not simply for the stars, but for the event-horizon.

    Is Terrence Malick assuming Stanley Kubrick's mantle?

  • The absurdities he is guilty of, the capers he cuts, excite our philosophic risibility.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • At length on his name being announced when a literary gentleman, particularly conversant in rural economy, happened to be present, the poem was formally re-examined, and its general aspect excited the risibility of that gentleman in so pointed a manner, that Bloomfield was called into the room, and exhorted not to waste his time, and neglect his employment, in making vain attempts, and particularly in treading on the ground which

    Letter 388

  • As a rule, I have no time for Jeremy Clarkson, but he is right about the risibility of this rig-out.

    Barefoot in the Park: Keeping Up Appearances

  • However, beyond risibility, the "tea parties" are also an occasion for something more substantive; namely, a chance to test the resolve of America's 21st Century anti-intellectual movement.

    Stuart Whatley: Teabagging: Redux Anti-Intellectualism

  • But in addition to these gems of partisan risibility, the book has a section on missing links.



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