[ak-shuh-nuh-buh l]


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 formsac·tion·a·bil·i·ty, nounac·tion·a·bly, adverbnon·ac·tion·a·ble, adjectivenon·ac·tion·a·bly, adverbun·ac·tion·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for actionable

prosecutable, triable, unjust

Examples from the Web for actionable

Contemporary Examples of actionable

Historical Examples of actionable

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for actionable



law affording grounds for legal action
Derived Formsactionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for actionable

1590s; from action + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper