Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Giving cause for legal action: an actionable statement.
  • adj. Relating to or being information that allows a decision to be made or action to be taken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Affording grounds for legal action.
  • adj. Capable of being articulated as an action item or a set of action items.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That may be the subject of an action or suit at law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnishing sufficient ground for an action at law: as, to call a man a thief is actionable.

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

  • adj. affording grounds for legal action

Etymologies

Compare Late Latin actionabilis. See action. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • BLITZER: So you would send U.S. troops, Special Operations Forces, others, directly into Pakistan if there were what you call actionable intelligence?

    CNN Transcript Nov 25, 2007

  • So the effort here amongst U.S. soldiers really is to determine what is actionable, what they call actionable intelligence, and what is, in fact, non - actionable intelligence.

    CNN Transcript May 23, 2007

  • Was there a sufficient bodies of what we call actionable intelligence out there whether in classified form or other form that Congress would have backed the president had he taken some action at that time prior to 9/11?

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2004

  • It's the problem of what they call actionable intelligence.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2004

  • SHEPPERD: Well, basically, you're reacting to intelligence, what you call actionable intelligence, people that you believe in.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2003

  • Now, since the end of the war, military officials at least claim that that has gotten a lot better, that they are now able to weed out the difference between people who are telling them things, for instance, out of revenge or retribution, and people who actually have what they call actionable intelligence, which is credible information timely enough that they can act on.

    CNN Transcript Dec 14, 2003

  • There's what they call actionable intelligence to which our militaries responded on a quick basis -- is improving.

    CNN Transcript Dec 15, 2003

  • And it was a couple of days ago that they started to get what they call actionable intelligence, information about specific places he definitely had been, places he was thought to be now.

    CNN Transcript Dec 14, 2003

  • Now, of course, what we want is what we described as actionable intelligence, real-time intelligence that would allow us to know where bin Laden, where Al Qaeda is at a specific point in time so we can act.

    CNN Transcript Oct 7, 2001

  • The increase in actionable intelligence that the counterinsurgency produced led to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden, and his chief lieutenants.

    McCain Lays Out “Hope” Timetable For Iraq - Swampland - TIME.com

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