A young boy drinking a potable beverage.
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").