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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.
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n, pl -ties
1. a tendency to laugh
2. hilarity; laughter
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(ˌrɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. Often, risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness.
2. laughter.
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1. the ability or disposition to laugh.
2. a humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd.
3. laughter.
See also: Laughter
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.risibility - a disposition to laugh
good nature - a cheerful, obliging disposition
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[ˌrɪzɪˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nrisibilidad f
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n (liter: = disposition) → Lachlust f
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Had the hairs on the head of Absalom been as scarce as thine, he might have been living to this day.” 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.
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As victims of decades of corruption in high places, we are still able to laugh at our state of risibility.
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Yet their gray progressively darkens in the grip of Nietzschean nonsense and Rousseauesque risibility. Not believing in the treasure, Truth, they don't search for it; not searching for it, they don't find it.
So a transient accidental feature, like a smile, is one of many possible manifestations of a property, traditionally called risibility, which is found in all human beings and only human beings and which is therefore revelatory of the human essence.
Clarke's penchant for spewing 20 words of dialogue when five will suffice is still in evidence and at least one scene teeters on the brink of risibility for its tearful earnestness.
Clarke's penchant for spewing 20 words of dialogue when five will suffice is still in evidence, and at least one scene teeters on the brink of risibility for its tearful earnestness.
I've been looking for a book titled The Art of Risibility, but it must be out of print, for my search has been futile.
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.