What does ACTIONABLE WORDS mean?

ACTIONABLE WORDS meaning in Law Dictionary

within the law of libel and slander. Words which import a charge of some punishable criminal activity or some offensive disease, or impute ethical turpitude, or have a tendency to injure an event in his trade or business, tend to be said to be "actionable by itself." Barnes v. Tmndy. 31 Me Personally. 321; Lemons v. Wells, 78 Ky. 117; Mayrant v. IJichardson, 1 Nott & McC. 347, 9 Am. Dec. 707; Cady v. Brooklyn Union Pub. Co., 23 Misc. Rep. 409, 51 N. Y. Supp. 198.