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 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 Taking data from documents and making the data actionable for business processes have long been automated within the enterprise. Anthony Macciola, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 News of the study comes as the Youth4Climate summit kicks off in Milan, Italy, where young activists have gathered to discuss climate change and actionable change. Joelle Goldstein,, 29 Sep. 2021 What's more typically actionable legally is unfairness to minority groups, such as deliberately sapping Black voting strength by fracturing it into more than one district. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 28 Sep. 2021 But that’s what makes the solutions journalism approach sound promising to her, with its potential to spotlight a pervasive problem and investigate smaller, actionable solutions. Julianna Morano, Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2021 But the federal process is likely to take years before actionable levels are set. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 Add relevant graphics and actionable CTAs (calls to action). Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The challenge is awarding a total of $90 million to help build and scale actionable ideas for transformative change in the systems and institutions that uphold racial inequities. Darcel Rockett,, 21 Sep. 2021 Set actionable targets to achieve and demonstrate real progress. Aron Cramer, Fortune, 20 Sep. 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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The first known use of actionable was circa 1601

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“Actionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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