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potable

adjective po·ta·ble \ ˈpō-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of potable

: suitable for drinking

potability

play \ˌpō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

potableness

play \ˈpō-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of potable in a Sentence

  1. around here, the only potable water comes from wells

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Origin and Etymology of potable

Middle English, from Late Latin potabilis, from Latin potare to drink; akin to Latin bibere to drink, Greek pinein

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potable

noun

Definition of potable

: a liquid that is suitable for drinking; especially : an alcoholic beverage

Examples of potable in a Sentence

  1. hid the potables in the back hall closet

  2. keeps the wet bar stocked with an array of top-shelf liquors, mixers, and other fine potables

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First Known Use of potable

circa 1625

in the meaning defined above

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POTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

potable

Definition of potable for English Language Learners

  • : safe to drink


Medical Dictionary

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potable

adjective po·ta·ble \ ˈpōt-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of potable

: suitable for drinking
  • potable water

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potable

noun

medical Definition of potable

: a liquid that is suitable for drinking; especially : an alcoholic beverage


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