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 \ -​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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And that begins, of course, with women chefs promoting and hiring female talent to pave an actionable way forward. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 Many of these tweaks can be made actionable with pieces already in your closet. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 2019 To begin with the topic of the Me Too movement in China is a bold course of action for a small upstart fashion brand and, from the outside looking in, seems like one that may not necessarily result in any actionable outcomes. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet the Two Recent Parsons Grads Who Are Challenging China’s Anti-#MeToo Movement With Fashion," 4 Feb. 2019 Microsoft wants the notifications to be actionable on the PC, such that clicking, say, a notification from Instagram will open the Instagram app on Windows. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Latest Windows 10 build will support “Your Phone” content sharing," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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