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Definitions for risible
ˈrɪz ə bəlris·i·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, risibleadjective

    arousing or provoking laughter

    "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"; "an amusing fellow"; "a comic hat"; "a comical look of surprise"; "funny stories that made everybody laugh"; "a very funny writer"; "it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"; "a mirthful experience"; "risible courtroom antics"


  1. risibleadjective

    Of or pertaining to laughter

  2. risibleadjective

    Provoking laughter; ludicrous; ridiculous; humorously insignificant

  3. risibleadjective

    Easily laughing; prone to laughter

  4. Etymology: From risible. from risibilis, risus + -ibilis, from the perfect passive participle of rideo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RISIBLEadjective

    Etymology: risible, Fr. risibilis, Lat.

    We are in a merry world, laughing is our business; as if because it has been made the definition of man, that he is risible, his manhood consisted in nothing else. Gov. of Tongue.


  1. risible

    Laughter is a pleasant physical reaction and emotion consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can rise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered an auditory expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, or relief. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, surprise, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all indicators as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation. Some other species of primate (chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans) show laughter-like vocalizations in response to physical contact such as wrestling, play chasing or tickling. Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback.The study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology.


  1. risible

    Risible refers to something such as an action, statement, or behavior that is capable of eliciting laughter; something ludicrous or absurd. It can also refer to the ability or tendency to laugh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Risibleadjective

    having the faculty or power of laughing; disposed to laugh

  2. Risibleadjective

    exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing

  3. Risibleadjective

    used in, or expressing, laughter; as, risible muscles

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Risible

    riz′i-bl, adj. capable of exciting laughter: laughable: amusing.—ns. Risibil′ity, quality of being risible; Ris′ibleness.—adv. Ris′ibly. [L. risibilisridēre, risum, to laugh.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of risible in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of risible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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