Definition of potable in English:

potable

adjective

formal
  • Safe to drink; drinkable.

    ‘there is no supply of potable water available’
    • ‘Keep all food items and potable water well covered.’
    • ‘The projects will upgrade 15 systems, each including water wells, compact potable water treatment plants and pumps.’
    • ‘Such restrictions mean that potable water is not available for other uses, placing additional strain on the remaining sources.’
    • ‘He assured supply of potable water and electricity.’
    • ‘Although it is no longer used for drinking, the basin did supply the town's potable water until the 1960s.’
    • ‘Each water unit produces 15,000 liters of clean potable water a day.’
    • ‘Portable units with generators that can provide ice making, potable water, foods, and propane stoves for people to cook on.’
    • ‘Measures for medical help, food and potable water supply, transportation needed to be taken to prevent more hunger deaths in the gardens.’
    • ‘So, it's the water-borne illnesses, the lack of access to clean, potable water.’
    • ‘Opened in May 1998, the lodge runs on solar power, has plenty of potable water, and serves exquisite local fare.’
    • ‘Access to clean, potable water is widely considered to be a human right.’
    • ‘So we are just using normal potable water for drinking.’
    • ‘In fact, a serious shortage of potable fresh water is about to set back the city's continued development.’
    • ‘Knowledge of cleanliness, sanitation, clean potable water, and basic amenities for primary health in every village is an admirable beginning.’
    • ‘A potful of potable water means every thing for them.’
    • ‘How could you think of increasing your salary while most of your ordinary citizens have nothing to eat and no potable water to drink?’
    • ‘A clean-up would create a better road and probably safer water for campers, who get potable water from small creeks that run through the site.’
    • ‘Before the advent of reliable potable water sources, beer was a way to ensure a safe drinking beverage while also supplying nutrients.’
    • ‘Seven memorandums have been submitted, pointing out the poor quality of potable water, the need for medical facilities and tests every week.’
    • ‘The potable nature of available drinking water is affected as the sweet water aquifers are destroyed by quarrying.’
    fit to drink, potable, palatable
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

potable

/ˈpəʊtəb(ə)l/