from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Giving cause for legal action.
  • adjective Relating to or being information that allows a decision to be made or action to be taken.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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  • adjective affording grounds for legal action


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Compare Late Latin actionabilis. See action.


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  • 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 2007

  • 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 2007

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

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2004 2004

  • 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 2004

  • 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 2003

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

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2003 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 2003

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

    CNN Transcript Dec 15, 2003 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 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 - 2008


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  • here was a genetic disease that was actually treatable or, as personal genomics partisans like to say, "actionable."
    Misha Angrist, Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), ch. 1 (Kindle loc. 121)

    December 17, 2016