potable

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The adjective is derived from Late Middle English potable (drinkable, potable),[1] 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.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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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NounEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pō̆tāble, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 potable, adj. and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2006; “potable, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

AdjectiveEdit

potable (epicene, plural potables)

  1. potable (good for drinking)

CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

potable (masculine and feminine plural potables)

  1. potable

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Late Latin pōtābilis, from Latin poto.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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 EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French potable, from Latin pōtābilis.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

potable (rare, Late Middle English)

  1. Suitable for drinking; potable.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: potable

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

AdjectiveEdit

potable m (oblique and nominative feminine singular potable)

  1. potable

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin pōtābilis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

potable (plural potables)

  1. potable, drinkable

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