drink·​able | \ ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce drinkable (audio) \

Definition of drinkable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suitable or safe for drinking



Definition of drinkable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid suitable for drinking : beverage

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drinkability \ ˌdriŋ-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce drinkable (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drinkable

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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: Adjective Weeks later, Jackson, Miss., saw more than 180,000 people without running or drinkable water for an extended period. Chris Morris, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 Freedom Lemonade is exceptionally drinkable at a lean 4.5% alcohol — similar to most light beers — and a welcome change of pace during hours of pulling refreshment from a cooler. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 As the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and National Guard worked to get drinkable and non-drinking water to more than 150,000 Jackson residents throughout the week, other local organizations stepped in to help. Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 Washington County residents used an average of 226 gallons of potable or drinkable water per day and 59 gallons of secondary water, according to the division. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Concocted by the hotel’s resident mixologist Gauthier Zucco, formerly the head bartender for the Moma Group, his creations are light, fruity, and very drinkable. Christina Liao, Forbes, 26 June 2022 Parents have also expressed concerns during this heat wave about a lack of cool, drinkable water at schools. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2022 Created by architect David Hertz, the machine uses biomass—like plants or wood—to make renewable energy and drinkable water. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Sep. 2022 The complications have resulted in widespread shortages of drinkable water, low pressure or no service at all in some areas. David K. Li, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 That week had been relatively dry, so the stream was only a milky white that chlorination at least made drinkable. National Geographic, 3 Jan. 2020 See More

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1611, in the meaning defined above


1708, in the meaning defined above

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drink·​able | \ ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce drinkable (audio) \

Kids Definition of drinkable

: suitable or safe for drinking

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