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1. Relating to laughter or used in eliciting laughter.
2. Eliciting laughter; ludicrous.
3. Capable of laughing or inclined to laugh.

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

ris′i·bil′i·ty (-bĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
ris′i·bly adv.


n, pl -ties
1. a tendency to laugh
2. hilarity; laughter


(ˌrɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. Often, risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness.
2. laughter.


1. the ability or disposition to laugh.
2. a humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd.
3. laughter.
See also: Laughter
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.risibility - a disposition to laugh
good nature - a cheerful, obliging disposition


[ˌrɪzɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nrisibilidad f


n (liter: = disposition) → Lachlust f
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The jokes of Richard never failed of exciting risibility, for he uniformly did honor to his own wit; and he enjoyed a hearty laugh on the present occasion, while Mr.
Thus, being a swan does not follow from being a bird, and being female does not follow from being a human being, whereas being risible would follow from the premise of being human since being human logically contains the characteristic of risibility.
Even though part of the humour that comes from this proverb springs from the violation of morality veiled under an impudence which eggs on the individuals to reap where they do not sow, the other part of the risibility seems to emerge from the repetition of the verb "to grab" which runs in connection with the figure of speech named chiasmus whose function is not solely to bring out the musicality of the proverbs but also its funny aspect.
Over the long term, however, none of this matters if we regulate ourselves into risibility, spend ourselves into insolvency, destabilize ourselves demographically, fool ourselves into faithlessness, and mangle our moral compass till we're a tyranny-enabling shadow of our former selves.
No one has so far claimed risibility for the incident.
THE risibility of the way the world golf rankings are compiled reached new heights on Sunday when Lee Westwood and Luke Donald fought, 13 time zones apart, for the right to be called top Englishman and, more importantly, the world No.
Loy can be seen responding to philosophies of laughter in her best-known poem sequence, "Songs to Joannes" (1917), where she portrays risibility and sexuality as conduits to ecstasy.
Other Ros critics have ridiculed the risibility of Ros's remarkable ruminations, with some incurring Amanda's anger in return.
26) The forgery's reputation for risibility is itself an enduring legacy of the controversy, which needs to be questioned.
In our time, Umberto Eco has renewed this debate in The Name Of The Rose, counter pointing William of Baskerville's use of humour to undermine authority with monastery librarian Jorge of Burgos' revival of Basil's claim that Christ never laughed to justify both his ban on risibility and the burning of Aristotle's treatise on comedy.
All commentators on the rebellion recorded the risibility of the pretenders (Cosin uses words like absurd, childish, ridiculous [6, 46]), and the resultant hilarity of the crowds; many of whom, recorded Cosin (58), could not tear themselves away from these revels of the preposterous ("All the way that Arthington went, hee was followed by a great multitude of lads and young persons of the meaner sort").