- fit or suitable for drinking: potable water.
- Usually potables. drinkable liquids; beverages.
Origin of potable
1565–75; < Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, equivalent to Latin pōtā(re) to drink + -bilis -ble
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- fit to drink; drinkable
- something fit to drink; a beverage
Word Origin for potable
C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for non-potable
early 15c., from Old French potable (14c.) and directly from Late Latin potabilis "drinkable," from Latin potare "to drink" (see potion).
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- Fit to drink; drinkable.
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