Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Practically possible; performable; capable of being acted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Capable of being acted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Able to be acted, as by an actor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective capable of being acted; suitable for the stage

Etymologies

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act +‎ -able

Examples

  • The most intelligent performer is he who recognizes most surely this "actable" and distinguishes in it the more from the less.

    Picture and Text 1893

  • It is eminently "actable," presenting striking tableaus and situations.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature

  • But it does not set itself genuinely free from the habits contracted in common experience, and to inform its research it preserves the postulates of common-sense; so that it always grasps things by their "actable" side, by their point of contact with our faculty for action, under the forms by which we handle them conceptually or practically, and all it attains of reality is that by which nature is a possible object of language or industry.

    A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson

  • I think these kinds of Gene Kelly-esque, Fancy Free-esque, highly actable comedic Broadway numbers are his thing.

    Tonya Plank: So You Think You Can Dance Week 7: Can it Be, a Week Without Injuries?

  • Maybe that role is more actable for the woman, the one being left, because I felt more for her than for him.

    Tonya Plank: So You Think You Can Dance Week 7: Can it Be, a Week Without Injuries?

  • Slowly has a physical connotation, so even though it's an adverb and needs walked to complete it, it conveys real actable action.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Slowly has a physical connotation, so even though it's an adverb and needs walked to complete it, it conveys real actable action.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Slowly has a physical connotation, so even though it's an adverb and needs walked to complete it, it conveys real actable action.

    Golden Oldies: Show Vs. Tell

  • I agree with the judges that he excels at standard ballroom rather than Latin, but pro partner Anna Trebunskaya knows his strengths, that he's a performer who'll be most successful with a routine with an actable story-line, and I think if she keeps giving him those, with his charismatic personality, he'll go far.

    Tonya Plank: Dancing With the Stars: Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough Survive First Round of Eliminations

  • And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we're going to detain them and you bet we're going to question them because the American people expect us to find out information, actable intelligence, so we can help them -- help protect them.

    CNN Transcript Oct 5, 2007

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