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drink·​able ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce drinkable (audio)
: suitable or safe for drinking
drinkability noun


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: a liquid suitable for drinking : beverage

Examples of drinkable in a Sentence

Adjective This coffee is so hot it's not drinkable. technically, that cheap stuff may be wine, but it's hardly drinkable Noun the thoughtful hostess offered her guests an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinkables
Recent Examples on the Web
Your farmer can harvest eggs more quickly and get to making goods like mayonnaise, which will be drinkable. The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 In a statement, the company said brine and freshwater are not the same because brine isn't drinkable or usable for any other purpose. Associated Press, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 According to the United Nations, more than 95 percent of water from the coastal aquifer is not drinkable. Daniel Wolfe, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Thousands are living in makeshift shelters, and Rafah doesn’t have the capacity in terms of infrastructure, health, work, or drinkable water. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 In Dubai, the Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Complex — the largest facility of its kind in the world — pipes water from the sea, sending it through a series of treatment phases, then to the city as drinkable water. Arielle Paul, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 That means there’s no need to worry about changing the filter constantly in order to achieve drinkable or usable water. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, less than 4% of its water is drinkable, and its unemployment rate of 46% is the worst in the world, according to UNICEF. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 9 Oct. 2023 Fiend Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 $130 at Amazon Your sister will never have to worry about her morning coffee going cold almost instantly again thanks to this smart mug that keeps your drink at the perfect drinkable temperature. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 17 Aug. 2023
And states and individual water districts are also submitting applications for additional funding to support long-term projects including drip irrigation, ripping out water-intensive grass from cities, or investing in desalination plants to make ocean water or brackish water drinkable. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 Also, these products may contain synthetic materials and chemical agents that can harm wildlife and strain the treatment process that helps make water drinkable. cleveland, 1 May 2020 The imperative to make seawater drinkable shows no sign of easing. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2019 Some coastal areas are seeing water that was once drinkable become contaminated with saltwater from the sea. Julie Creswell, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2020 Getty Images Mead’s foundation in honey perpetuates the inaccurate perception that meads are too sweet and too thick, or only drinkable in the winter or around a fire. Shawndra Russell, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2019 Larson said lower-dose drinkables allow people to have more than one beverage in a sitting. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, 4 Oct. 2019 Yet edible, drinkable and smokable CBD products have flooded the market anyway, delivering big profits to some farmers and manufacturers and purportedly helping many consumers manage their health problems. Sophie Quinton, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2019 Some have fewer calories, carbs and sugars than most drinkables and traditional beverages. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, 4 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use


1611, in the meaning defined above


1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drinkable was in 1611

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“Drinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinkable. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: suitable or safe for drinking
drinkable water

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