- 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
C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
Word Origin and History for unpotable
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.