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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Other Words from actionable

actionably \ -​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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In his order denying the motion, the judge ruled the statement was non-actionable opinion. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Bizarre ruling in Virginia," 9 July 2019 Finally, non-compliance from companies should result in sanctions or other actionable consequences. Wired Opinion, WIRED, "How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy," 7 July 2019 For the 2018-19 school year, Safe2Tell has received 18,916 actionable tips to date, a 22% increase from last school year. The Summit Daily, The Denver Post, "Colorado sees record number of Safe2Tell anonymous tips in May," 23 June 2019 Critical Slowings Critical slowing down has to be actionable to be useful in preventing real-world catastrophes. Quanta Magazine, "Nature’s Critical Warning System," 18 Nov. 2015 Get actionable outcomes from every meeting and document them on email. Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, Quartz India, "What startup mentors can learn from family doctors," 31 May 2019 Hopefully more companies and governments will follow suit and work together to find actionable solutions. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "France Says It Will Ban the Burning of Unsold Luxury Items," 16 May 2019 Each year, The Audacious Project identifies and invests millions in global changemakers with the biggest, boldest, and most actionable ideas that have potential to affect millions of lives. Julie Cordua, Marie Claire, ""How I Won Millions of Dollars from TED to End Child Pornography"," 17 Apr. 2019 Other valuable types of data identified by these executives included information on brand and corporate reputation, actionable information on potential business threats, supply chain data, and benchmarking data on competitors. Angus Loten, WSJ, "AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data," 4 Mar. 2019

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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
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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