laugh·​able | \ˈla-fə-bəl, ˈlä-\

Definition of laughable 

: of a kind to provoke laughter or sometimes derision : amusingly ridiculous

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Other Words from laughable

laughableness noun
laughably \ ˈla-​fə-​blē , ˈlä-​ \ adverb

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laughable, ludicrous, ridiculous, comic, comical mean provoking laughter or mirth. laughable applies to anything occasioning laughter. laughable attempts at skating ludicrous suggests absurdity that excites both laughter and scorn. a thriller with a ludicrous plot ridiculous suggests extreme absurdity, foolishness, or contemptibility. a ridiculous display of anger comic applies especially to what arouses thoughtful amusement. a comic character comical applies to what arouses spontaneous hilarity. a comical hat

Examples of laughable in a Sentence

His attempt at skiing was laughable. the laughable, boisterous antics of the circus clowns

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The reasoning behind it, the safety of women and children, is so faulty as to be almost laughable. Jennifer Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m a transgender Republican. Prop. 1 is anti-freedom.," 31 Mar. 2018 The contemporary handwringing over rude Americans being rude some more is almost laughable., "A long tradition: Americans behaving badly," 5 July 2018 Some observers at the meeting even found the idea laughable. Hillary Davis,, "Newport Harbor ‘is not a port’: Coastal Commission votes to oppose city’s goal of a port master plan," 14 Apr. 2018 In the early 2000s, the idea of using sea mammals as ocean observers seemed laughable. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Any notion that Congress can come together and reform our immigration system and fix every issue overnight is laughable with the current GOP Leadership - and the administration knows this. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Immigrant children separated from parents: Here's what we know now," 19 June 2018 Mailata could turn out to be a genius pick, or a bust that will look laughable in retrospect. Bob Ford,, "Eagles have a different NFL draft … and maybe a good one | Bob Ford," 30 Apr. 2018 But the fact that The First Purge fails to address it as a serious concern for women walking the streets on a night where there are no consequences for criminal acts is laughable., "How Does The First Purge Deal With Sexual Assault?," 6 July 2018 But the notion that unions are standing in the way of real reform is laughable. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are the teachers unions really as powerful as all that?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of laughable

1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laughable

: bad in a way that seems foolish or silly


laugh·​able | \ˈla-fə-bəl, ˈlä-\

Kids Definition of laughable

: causing or likely to cause laughter or scorn His attempt at skating was laughable.

Other Words from laughable

laughably \ -​blē \ adverb

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