potable
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin potabilis, from Latin potare to drink; akin to Latin bibere to drink, Greek pinein Date: 15th century suitable for drinking • potability nounpotableness noun II. noun Date: 1623 a liquid that is suitable for drinking; especially an alcoholic beverage

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  • potable — [ pɔtabl ] adj. • 1270; t. d alchim. av. XVIIe; lat. potabilis, de potare « boire » 1 ♦ Qui peut être bu sans danger pour la santé. Eau non potable. ♢ (1701) Vx Qui, sans être excellent, peut se boire. Ce vin est potable. 2 ♦ (1756) Fam. Qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Potable — Po ta*ble, a. [F., fr. L. potabilis, fr. potare to drink; akin to Gr. po tos a drinking, po sis a drink, Skr. p[=a] to drink, OIr. ibim I drink. Cf. {Poison}, {Bib}, {Imbibe}.] Fit to be drunk; drinkable. Water fresh and potable. Bacon. n. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • potable — Potable. adj. de tout genre. Il n a guere d usage qu en cette phrase, Or potable, qui signifie de l or rendu liquide & propre à boire. Il pretend avoir trouvé le secret de l or potable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • potable — 1570s, from O.Fr. potable (14c.), from L.L. potabilis drinkable, from L. potare to drink (see POTION (Cf. potion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • potable — [adj] drinkable edible, palatable, safe to drink; concept 169 potable [n] beverage alcoholic beverage, cooler, draft, drink, libation, liquor; concept 454 …   New thesaurus

  • potable — (Del lat. potabĭlis). 1. adj. Que se puede beber. 2. coloq. Pasable, aceptable. ☛ V. oro potable …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • potable — Apto para beber. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • potable — index palatable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • potable — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ drinkable. DERIVATIVES potability noun. ORIGIN French, from Latin potare to drink …   English terms dictionary

  • potable — [pōt′ə bəl] adj. [Fr < LL potabilis < L potare, to drink < IE base * pō , to drink > Sans pāti, (he) drinks, L bibere, to drink] fit to drink; drinkable n. something drinkable; beverage potability n. potableness …   English World dictionary

  • Potable — Eau potable Jusqu au XIXe siècle, c est généralement aux fontaines et puits qu il fallait aller chercher l eau, plus ou moins potable …   Wikipédia en Français

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