potable

[ poh-tuh-buh l ]
/ ˈpoʊ tə bəl /

adjective

fit or suitable for drinking: potable water.

noun

Usually potables. drinkable liquids; beverages.

Origin of potable

1565–75; < Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, equivalent to Latin pōtā(re) to drink + -bilis -ble

Related forms

po·ta·bil·i·ty, po·ta·ble·ness, nounnon·po·ta·ble, adjective, nounun·po·ta·ble, adjective

Can be confused

portable potable
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British Dictionary definitions for non-potable

potable

/ (ˈpəʊtəbəl) /

adjective

fit to drink; drinkable

noun

something fit to drink; a beverage

Derived Forms

potability, noun

Word Origin for potable

C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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Medicine definitions for non-potable

potable

[ pōtə-bəl ]

adj.

Fit to drink; drinkable.
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