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

Other Words from actionable

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 Ultimately, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, held that her statement of opinion was not actionable. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 This is why viticulturists are very sensitive to these topics and are looking for actionable solutions to help their plants adapt to climate change. John Mariani, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Climate Night is taking place during Climate Week NYC, the weeklong summit of global leaders and climate activists in New York City to promote actionable solutions. Ally Mauch,, 22 Sep. 2021 Because New Year's resolutions seldom have actionable steps. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing a list of resources and actionable steps for those affected by the Oxford school shooting. Koby Levin And Ethan Bakuli, Detroit Free Press, 4 Dec. 2021 Hologic and the Black Women’s Health Imperative are already taking actionable steps toward reducing existing health disparities for generations to come. Essence, 29 Nov. 2021 And make sure to leave the meeting with actionable next steps, such as a plan to meet again in a few weeks, experts say. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Find a way forward. Come up with actionable steps to solutions that benefit all parties involved. Paul Blanchard, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of actionable

: 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 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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