potable

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Etymology[edit]

The adjective is derived from Late Middle English potable (drinkable, potable),[1] borrowed from Middle French, Old French potable (modern French potable (drinkable, potable)), and from its etymon Late Latin pōtābilis (drinkable, potable), from Latin pōtāre (to drink) + -bilis (suffix forming adjectives indicating a capacity or worth of being acted upon).[2] Pōtāre is the present active infinitive of pōtō (to drink), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃- (to drink). The English word is cognate with Catalan potable, Italian potabile, Spanish potable.[2]

The noun is derived from the adjective.

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Adjective[edit]

potable (comparative more potable, superlative most potable)

  1. (formal) Good for drinking without fear of disease or poisoning.
    Synonyms: drinkable, drinkworthy

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Noun[edit]

potable (plural potables)

  1. Any drinkable liquid; a beverage.
    • 1708, John Philips, Cyder
      When solar beams / Parch thirsty human veins, the damask'd meads, / Unforc'd display ten thousand painted flow'rs / Useful in potables.

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

Adjective[edit]

potable (epicene, plural potables)

  1. potable (good for drinking)

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

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potable (masculine and feminine plural potables)

  1. potable

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin pōtābilis, from Latin poto.

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potable (plural potables)

  1. potable
  2. (colloquial) OK, passable.
    • Tu penses quoi de la meuf de ton frère ? Potable, sans plus.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French potable, from Latin pōtābilis.

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  • IPA(key): /pɔˈtaːbəl/, /pɔːˈtaːbəl/

Adjective[edit]

potable (rare, Late Middle English)

  1. Suitable for drinking; potable.

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  • English: potable

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

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potable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular potable)

  1. potable

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /poˈtable/, [poˈt̪aβle]

Adjective[edit]

potable (plural potables)

  1. potable, drinkable

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