ac·​tion·​able | \ ˈak-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce actionable (audio) \

Definition of actionable

1 : subject to or affording ground for an action or suit at law
2 : capable of being acted on actionable information

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actionably \ ˈak-​sh(ə-​)nə-​blē How to pronounce actionably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of actionable in a Sentence

Firing people because of their age is actionable. We've received actionable information that the men are hiding in these mountains.
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First Known Use of actionable

circa 1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actionable

action + -able

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The first known use of actionable was circa 1601

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English Language Learners Definition of actionable

law : giving a reason to bring an action or a lawsuit against someone
chiefly US, formal : able to be used as a basis or reason for doing something


ac·​tion·​able | \ ˈak-shə-nə-bəl How to pronounce actionable (audio) \

Legal Definition of actionable

: subject to or providing grounds for an action or suit at law there is good sense in seeking generally to harmonize the standards of what amounts to actionable harassmentFaragher v. City of Boca Raton, 524 U.S. 755 (1998)

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