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risible

PRONUNCIATION:
(RIZ-uh-buhl)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Laughable; ludicrous.
2. Disposed to laugh.
3. Relating to laughter.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin risus, past participle of ridere (to laugh). Other words that share the same root are ridiculous, deride, rident, and riant.

USAGE:
"The judge said that John Harrison's statement in which he said he found it hard to get up in the morning was risible."
Drug Dealer Told to Expect Lengthy Time Behind Bars; The Medway Messenger (UK); Jul 2, 2010.

See more usage examples of risible in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Gold in its native state is but dull, unornamental stuff, and only lowborn metals excite the admiration of the ignorant with an ostentatious glitter. However, like the rest of the world, I still go on underrating men of gold and glorifying men of mica. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

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