Definition of potable in English:

potable

adjective

formal
  • Safe to drink; drinkable.

    ‘there is no supply of potable water available’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Access to clean, potable water is widely considered to be a human right.’
    • ‘In fact, a serious shortage of potable fresh water is about to set back the city's continued development.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although it is no longer used for drinking, the basin did supply the town's potable water until the 1960s.’
    • ‘Knowledge of cleanliness, sanitation, clean potable water, and basic amenities for primary health in every village is an admirable beginning.’
    • ‘Each water unit produces 15,000 liters of clean potable water a day.’
    • ‘Such restrictions mean that potable water is not available for other uses, placing additional strain on the remaining sources.’
    • ‘The potable nature of available drinking water is affected as the sweet water aquifers are destroyed by quarrying.’
    • ‘Before the advent of reliable potable water sources, beer was a way to ensure a safe drinking beverage while also supplying nutrients.’
    • ‘He assured supply of potable water and electricity.’
    • ‘Portable units with generators that can provide ice making, potable water, foods, and propane stoves for people to cook on.’
    • ‘Seven memorandums have been submitted, pointing out the poor quality of potable water, the need for medical facilities and tests every week.’
    • ‘Opened in May 1998, the lodge runs on solar power, has plenty of potable water, and serves exquisite local fare.’
    • ‘Keep all food items and potable water well covered.’
    • ‘A potful of potable water means every thing for them.’
    • ‘The projects will upgrade 15 systems, each including water wells, compact potable water treatment plants and pumps.’
    • ‘Measures for medical help, food and potable water supply, transportation needed to be taken to prevent more hunger deaths in the gardens.’
    fit to drink, potable, palatable

Origin

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

Pronunciation

potable

/ˈpəʊtəb(ə)l/