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potable

[poh-tuh-buh l] /ˈpoʊ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
fit or suitable for drinking:
potable water.
noun
2.
Usually, potables. drinkable liquids; beverages.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, equivalent to Latin pōtā(re) to drink + -bilis -ble
Related forms
potability, potableness, noun
nonpotable, adjective, noun
unpotable, adjective
Can be confused
portable, potable.
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  • With the other, she would buy potable water from a kiosk.
  • Wastewater reuse is one way to reduce consumption of fresh, potable water.
  • potable water is, of course, directly required for human survival as well.
  • One can do without gas or petrol, but one cannot do without potable water.
  • Solar distillation is a means of converting contaminated or brackish water into potable water.
  • Basically a series of tubs filled with plants and microbes filter and purify the water to become potable again.
  • Clear plastic garbage bags over green leaves in sunlight produces potable drinking water daily.
  • Their base is the only place in town with potable water.
  • And the water now feeds the water-table with potable water.
  • Usually, the process has to be repeated several times in order to get something potable.
British Dictionary definitions for potable

potable

/ˈpəʊtəbəl/
adjective
1.
fit to drink; drinkable
noun
2.
something fit to drink; a beverage
Derived Forms
potability, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for potable
adj.

early 15c., from Old French potable (14c.) and directly from Late Latin potabilis "drinkable," from Latin potare "to drink" (see potion).

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potable in Medicine

potable po·ta·ble (pō'tə-bəl)
adj.
Fit to drink; drinkable.


po'ta·bil'i·ty or po'ta·ble·ness n.
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