[poh-tuh-buh l]


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
Related formspo·ta·bil·i·ty, po·ta·ble·ness, nounnon·po·ta·ble, adjective, nounun·po·ta·ble, adjective
Can be confusedportable potable
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fit to drink; drinkable


something fit to drink; a beverage
Derived Formspotability, noun

Word Origin for potable

C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for 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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Medicine definitions for potable




Fit to drink; drinkable.
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