laughable
adjective Date: 1596 of a kind to provoke laughter or sometimes derision ; amusingly ridiculous • laughableness nounlaughably adverb Synonyms: 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
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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