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[ak-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ˈæk ʃə nə bəl/
furnishing ground for a lawsuit.
liable to a lawsuit.
ready to go or be put into action; ready for use:
to retrieve actionable copy from a computer.
Origin of actionable
First recorded in 1585-95; action + -able
Related forms
actionability, noun
actionably, adverb
nonactionable, adjective
nonactionably, adverb
unactionable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for actionable
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  • Sir—If it be not actionable, permit me to say that you really are delightful!!

    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

    James McNeill Whistler
  • Shocking and ungentlemanly terms, and what is worse, actionable.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • They can do all of wrong which is profitable, without that part which is actionable.

    Twelve Causes of Dishonesty Henry Ward Beecher
  • Such a transaction as that between man and man would be actionable as a fraud.

    About Ireland E. Lynn Linton
  • Whatever might be thought of his conduct it was not actionable.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • And to the legal mind what was not actionable was irrelevant.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • But it strikes me that such a statement, relative to Mr. Obadiah Scantlebray, is actionable.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for actionable


(law) affording grounds for legal action
Derived Forms
actionably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for actionable

1590s; from action + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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