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Sunday, January 27, 2002

Definitions for potable

  1. Fit to drink; suitable for drinking; drinkable.
  2. A potable liquid; a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.

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Citations for potable
If you drink from the spring, which is shaded by a fig tree, you will supposedly feel younger and more loving. Unfortunately, you may also feel sick: the government warns that the water is not potable. Gene Burns, The Atlantic
The park has no showers or potable drinking water--we picked up bottled water in Kaunakakai. Christopher Cottrell, Los Angeles Times
Origin of potable
1565-1575
Potable comes from Late Latin potabilis, from Latin potare, "to drink."