A young boy drinking a glass of milk.
Unspoiled milk is an example of something that would be described as potable.
Origin of potableFrench from Late Latin potabilis from Classical Latin potare, to drink from Indo-European base an unverified form p?-, to drink from source Sanskrit p?ti, (he) drinks, Classical Latin bibere, to drink
Origin of potableMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin pōtābilis from Latin pōtāre to drink from pōtus a drink ; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
- po′ta·bil′i·ty po′ta·ble·ness
(comparative more potable, superlative most potable)
From Old French potable, from Latin pÅtÄbilis, from pÅtÅ (“I drink").