ac·​tion·​able | \ˈak-sh(ə-)nə-bəl \

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 \-​blē \ 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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The new Wear OS design prioritizes actionable notifications, proactive (Google Now-like) information cards, and Google Fit information. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s huge Wear OS revamp makes the OS work more like Android," 29 Aug. 2018 The company already has some of the most actionable data about purchasing behavior. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon is coming for the small corner store," 2 Oct. 2018 With that also comes an expansion in the number of command and control platforms designed to take intel and turn it into an actionable list of threats and targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Says Its Needs 74 More Squadrons To Do Its Job," 17 Sep. 2018 Notifications on the Apple Watch are getting more actionable, allowing you to do things like pay for a rideshare and rate the driver directly from the notification. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "watchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks," 4 June 2018 Challenges that are measurable and actionable are actual challenges. Tom Alexander,, "Five things you can do to improve diversity and inclusion at your company today, like right now, this moment," 5 July 2018 Parents need information that is accessible, relevant and actionable. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Education Secretary DeVos blames D.C. graduation scandal on ‘top-down pressure’ and fear of ‘Big Ed’," 5 Mar. 2018 In fact, a statement that gives rise to an actionable false light claim might be literally or technically true. Michael Mccann,, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 Many of Schuman’s replies were positive, grateful for a reasonable and actionable daily goal. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Just Write 500 Words," 11 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of actionable

law : giving a reason to bring an action or a lawsuit against someone

: able to be used as a basis or reason for doing something


ac·​tion·​able | \ˈak-shə-nə-bəl \

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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