ris·​i·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌri-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce risibility (audio) \
plural risibilities

Definition of risibility

2 : the ability or inclination to laugh often used in pluralour risibilities support us as we skim over the surface of a deep issue— J. A. Pike

Examples of risibility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His great talent was to take tiny grains of information in reports and proposals, repackage them as official European policy and present them as part of a broad narrative about Brussels’s risibility. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Boris Johnson Heckled Outside Home," 30 June 2016

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First Known Use of risibility

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Risibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risibility. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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