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 actionable (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.
Recent Examples on the Web And while the privilege was enough to carry the day for Estrella, the court also found that her comments also constituted non-actionable opinion. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Employee can't establish defamation claim in workplace investigation," 31 Dec. 2020 In the past, calls for healing have been symbolic rather than actionable. Amber Johnson And Kira Hudson Banks, Essence, "This Is What Healing Justice Looks Like," 30 Dec. 2020 Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman once more in the waning days of the year, when out-of-office replies start to outnumber actionable emails and the workplace powers-that-be avert their eyes from just over your shoulder. Damian Garde, STAT, "Pharmalittle: EU clears Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine; Americans are increasingly willing to get the shot," 22 Dec. 2020 Shopping choices feel like a way in: an actionable decision point, completely under your control. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "How to shop without destroying the climate," 17 Dec. 2020 Our Fitbits and Apple Watches don’t really know how to turn mountains of body data into actionable insight and behavior changes. Washington Post, "Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech we’ve ever tested," 10 Dec. 2020 The Court found that in the context of a heated Facebook exchange, the comment was opinion and non-actionable. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: "Slumlord" comment on Facebook not defamatory," 8 Dec. 2020 Our goal in performing these analyses was to inform public health policy and, in particular, to provide actionable data to support policies on vaccine distribution and prioritization. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Developmental disorders top the medical conditions that heighten the risk of dying from Covid-19," 11 Nov. 2020 All the same, five times weekly, NHSN reliably produced actionable COVID-19 data such as available hospital beds, intensive care occupancy, and ventilators used, according to CDC sources and internal reports obtained by Science. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "The inside story of how Trump’s COVID-19 coordinator undermined the world’s top health agency," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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