Definition of potable in English:

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potable

Pronunciation: /ˈpōdəb(ə)l/

adjective

formal
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.
Synonyms
drinkable, palatable, fit to drink, pure, clean, safe, unpolluted, untainted, uncontaminated

Derivatives

potability

Pronunciation: /ˌpōtəˈbilətē/
noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with potable

notable

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Syllabification: po·ta·ble

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