ac·​tion·​able ˈak-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce actionable (audio)
: subject to or affording ground for an action or suit at law
: capable of being acted on
actionable information
actionably adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History


action + -able

First Known Use

circa 1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of actionable was circa 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Legal Definition


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