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Definition affording grounds for legal action
  • Leaking sensitive military operations is an actionable offense.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • There are some things that ought to be actionable, and are not so— that's my opinion."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "It—it's not actionable," he stammered.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Drinking from the toilet, sniffing crotches, and chewing chair legs were actionable offenses, though apparently worth suffering a scolding for.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • I want him to know figures, and write like print, and see into things quick, and know what folks mean, and how to wrap things up in words as aren't actionable.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Both of these expressions Mrs. Crupp considered actionable, and had expressed her intention of bringing before a 'British Judy' — meaning, it was supposed, the bulwark of our national liberties.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The Criminal Investigation Department kept an eye on Aziz ever since the trial— they had nothing actionable against him, but Indians who have been unfortunate must be watched, and to the end of his life he remained under observation, thanks to Miss Quested's mistake.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Sheriff Tate, who seemed most active in Walter's wrongful pretrial placement on death row and whose racist threats and intimidation tactics seemed the most actionable in a civil suit, reportedly accepted Walter's innocence upon his release but then started telling people that he still believed Walter was guilty.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was more bluff than actionable, but Blair didn't care.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • I have done nothing actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal constraint.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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