- 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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Examples from the Web for potable
While there, I missed decent sidewalks, potable tap water, and a subway, markers of a society that cares about the common good.Invest in America Before It’s Too Late
October 3, 2011
We have so far discussed only the various sources of potable water.
Beside him strode his shadow, and lengthened as the sun westered in a haze of potable gold.Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
That bacteria are not an inevitable element in potable water is proved by their absence from that of deep springs.
At the time of my visit there was but scanty water in the canyon and that not potable except for stock.Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895
Jesse Walter Fewkes
They flow very clear—running over the chalk, clean and potable streams.The Old Road
- fit to drink; drinkable
- something fit to drink; a beverage
C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Fit to drink; drinkable.