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 \ ˈak-​sh(ə-​)nə-​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.
Recent Examples on the Web The video isn’t legally actionable and shouldn’t be taken down, said Jonathan L. Zittrain, a Harvard Law School professor and a founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Pelosi Clashes With Facebook and Twitter Over Video Posted by Trump," 8 Feb. 2020 Sulekha offers service providers actionable leads and charges up to 12% commission on each deal. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "How an old-school classifieds website reinvented itself for the era of Zomato and Ola," 26 Feb. 2020 Over the last 40 years, Prince Charles has used his title to champion sustainability launching several initiatives aimed at practical and actionable outcomes. Sarah Midkiff,, "Instead Of Megxit, Prince Charles Is Focusing On Our Climate Crisis," 23 Jan. 2020 The idea that this might be actionable is the new twist. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "It’s Got a Great Beat, and You Can File a Lawsuit to It," 6 Jan. 2020 That the project that somebody is working on in your software is actionable, there has to be some type of ... the person has to respond to the job posting. Wired Staff, Wired, "How Machine Learning Can Help Stamp Out Hiring Bias," 21 Feb. 2020 But people can turn to actionable lifestyle choices. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "How Old Are You Really? What New Research Says About Your Biological Age," 18 Feb. 2020 One might imagine that politicians from both political parties would band together in a search for actionable solutions. Kevin Schulman, Twin Cities, "Kevin Schulman: ‘Medicare for All’ won’t fix soaring health care costs," 24 Nov. 2019 Here are a few examples that illustrate how this important role is evolving: Flagging actionable insights for care teams. Claudia Williams, STAT, "The health information exchange has evolved from hunter and gatherer to cultivator," 31 Oct. 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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The first known use of actionable was circa 1601

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25 Mar 2020

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“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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