Definition of potable in English:


Line breaks: pot|able
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊtəb(ə)l


  • Safe to drink; drinkable: there is no supply of potable water available
    More example sentences
    • How could you think of increasing your salary while most of your ordinary citizens have nothing to eat and no potable water to drink?
    • So we are just using normal potable water for drinking.
    • So, it's the water-borne illnesses, the lack of access to clean, potable water.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
More example sentences
  • Water samples from 25 different locations in Chennai, collected from wells and bore wells were analysed for their potability in the Centre's laboratory.
  • The human, for example, may be interested in the pond's water source, the potability of the water, or the potential for irrigation.
  • The standpipe water is piped from the mountain and has been tested for potability by Oxfam.


late Middle English: from French potable, from late Latin potabilis, from Latin potare 'to drink'.

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