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 That number was up from the FBI's average of 22,000 tips per week this year, though not all of those tips are actionable and some are not really tips at all. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Authorities credit 'see something, say something' with helping to prevent mass shootings," 21 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, broad predictions don't easily trickle down, because individual outcomes retain big error ranges—too many false positives and false negatives to be easily actionable. Zeynep Tufekci, Scientific American, "More Data Don’t Necessarily Help You Make Small Decisions," 1 Mar. 2019 The special counsel regs make clear that the Justice Department’s failure to adhere to them is not actionable. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Do Republicans See the Strategy to Discredit the Barr Investigation?," 2 Oct. 2019 But it is only being used as an advisory tool, rather than an actionable screening test. Casey Ross, STAT, "At Mayo Clinic, AI engineers face an ‘acid test’: Will their algorithms help real patients?," 18 Dec. 2019 Reduce unfair treatment by using data to drive specific actionable steps. Fortune, "Microaggressions Could Lead to a Blowup in Your Company," 17 Dec. 2019 Precision Contracting Solutions, a home improvement company in the District of Columbia, recently saw its lawsuit against HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List dismissed for a failure to state an actionable claim. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Home improvement company has no luck with lawsuit against online services," 12 Dec. 2019 That film — which some observers say mistakenly suggested that torture resulted in actionable intelligence — came out just a little more than a year and a half after bin Laden’s killing, while Jones was still deep in the weeds of his research. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "When it comes to a national conversation, you will just have to wait for the movie," 14 Nov. 2019 As The Report takes great pains to emphasize, not a single bit of actionable intelligence came out of any of this savagery. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Heavy Burden of The Report," 12 Dec. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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