If something is potable that means it's safe to drink. In developed countries, tap water is usually potable. Puddle water is not. I know you want to take a sip of that puddle water, but please, restrain yourself.

Potable can also be a noun, meaning any drinkable liquid. The word comes from the Latin potare, meaning "to drink." Not only did the Romans come up with that word; they built some of the world's first aqueducts, above-ground channels that brought potable water from the mountains to the cities. Potable water is often in short supply after natural catastrophes like earthquakes and hurricanes, and its availability is often discussed on the news.

Definitions of potable
  1. adjective
    suitable for drinking
    synonyms: drinkable
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    unsuitable for drinking
  2. noun
    any liquid suitable for drinking
    synonyms: beverage, drink, drinkable
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    a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
    any thin watery drink
    a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
    alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
    honey diluted in water; becomes mead when fermented
    wine mixed with honey
    near beer
    drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
    ginger beer
    carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
    club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
    an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
    a drink that refreshes
    a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
    an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)
    cider, cyder
    a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
    chocolate, cocoa, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate
    a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
    fruit crush, fruit juice
    drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
    ade, fruit drink
    a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
    South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
    soft drink
    nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
    coffee, java
    a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
    chai, tea
    a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
    tea-like drink
    a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
    drinking water
    water suitable for drinking
    coffee substitute
    a drink resembling coffee that is sometimes substituted for it
    sour milk
    milk that has turned sour
    pasteurized milk
    milk that has been exposed briefly to high temperatures to destroy microorganisms and prevent fermentation
    cows' milk
    milk obtained from dairy cows
    yak's milk
    the milk of a yak
    goats' milk
    the milk of a goat
    acidophilus milk
    milk fermented by bacteria; used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
    raw milk
    unpasteurized milk
    scalded milk
    milk heated almost to boiling
    homogenized milk
    milk with the fat particles broken up and dispersed uniformly so the cream will not rise
    certified milk
    milk from dairies regulated by an authorized medical milk commission
    dried milk, dry milk, milk powder, powdered milk
    dehydrated milk
    evaporated milk
    milk concentrated by evaporation
    condensed milk
    sweetened evaporated milk
    skim milk, skimmed milk
    milk from which the cream has been skimmed
    semi-skimmed milk
    milk from which some of the cream has been removed
    whole milk
    milk from which no constituent (such as fat) has been removed
    low-fat milk
    milk from which some of the cream has been removed
    residue from making butter from sour raw milk; or pasteurized milk curdled by adding a culture
    a substance believed to cure all ills
    love-philter, love-philtre, love-potion, philter, philtre
    a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
    proof spirit
    a mixture containing half alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
    home brew, homebrew
    an alcoholic beverage (especially beer) made at home
    hooch, hootch
    an illicitly distilled (and usually inferior) alcoholic liquor
    kava, kavakava
    an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
    alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer
    brew, brewage
    drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
    rice beer, sake, saki
    Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
    made from sap of the Australasian nipa palm
    vino, wine
    fermented juice (of grapes especially)
    John Barleycorn, booze, hard drink, hard liquor, liquor, spirits, strong drink
    an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
    ethyl alcohol, neutral spirits
    nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs
    fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
    cordial, liqueur
    strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
    mixed drink
    made of two or more ingredients
    Irish coffee
    sweetened coffee with Irish whiskey and whipped cream
    cafe au lait
    equal parts of coffee and hot milk
    cafe noir, demitasse
    small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream
    decaf, decaffeinated coffee
    coffee with the caffeine removed
    drip coffee
    coffee made by passing boiling water through a perforated container packed with finely ground coffee
    strong black coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans
    cappuccino, cappuccino coffee, coffee cappuccino
    equal parts of espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg and usually whipped cream
    ice coffee, iced coffee
    a strong sweetened coffee served over ice with cream
    instant coffee
    dehydrated coffee that can be made into a drink by adding hot water
    mocha, mocha coffee
    a superior dark coffee made from beans from Arabia
    Turkish coffee
    a drink made from pulverized coffee beans; usually sweetened
    chocolate milk
    milk flavored with chocolate syrup
    hard cider
    alcoholic drink from fermented cider; `cider' and `cyder' are European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage
    strong cider (as made in western England)
    sweet cider
    unfermented cider
    a fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider
    any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality
    an amount of an alcoholic drink (usually liquor) that is poured or gulped
    fruit juice especially when undiluted
    apple juice
    the juice of apples
    cranberry juice
    the juice of cranberries (always diluted and sweetened)
    grape juice
    the juice of grapes
    grapefruit juice
    the juice of grapefruits
    orange juice
    bottled or freshly squeezed juice of oranges
    pineapple juice
    the juice of pineapples (usually bottled or canned)
    koumiss, kumis
    an alcoholic beverage made from fermented mare's milk; made originally by nomads of central Asia
    sweetened beverage of diluted lemon juice
    sweetened beverage of lime juice and water
    sweetened beverage of diluted orange juice
    pop, soda, soda pop, soda water, tonic
    a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
    birch beer
    carbonated drink containing an extract from bark of birch trees
    bitter lemon
    tart lemon-flavored carbonated drink
    cola, dope
    carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
    cream soda
    sweet carbonated drink flavored with vanilla
    egg cream
    made of milk and flavored syrup with soda water
    ginger ale, ginger pop
    ginger-flavored carbonated drink
    orange soda
    orange-flavored carbonated drink
    carbonated drink with fruit syrup and a little phosphoric acid
    root beer
    carbonated drink containing extracts of roots and herbs
    carbonated drink flavored with an extract from sarsaparilla root or with birch oil and sassafras
    quinine water, tonic, tonic water
    lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
    cafe royale, coffee royal
    black coffee with Cognac and lemon peel and sugar
    cambric tea
    a beverage for children containing hot water and milk and sugar and a small amount of tea
    cuppa, cupper
    a cup of tea
    herb tea, herbal, herbal tea
    tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs
    ice tea, iced tea
    strong tea served over ice
    sun tea
    tea made by exposing tea leaves steeped in water to the direct rays of the sun; usually served with ice
    bottled water
    drinking water (often spring water) that is put into bottles and offered for sale
    sugar water
    water sweetened with sugar
    ice water
    water served ice-cold or with ice
    carbonated water, club soda, seltzer, soda water, sparkling water
    effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide
    mineral water
    water naturally or artificially impregnated with mineral salts or gasses; often effervescent; often used therapeutically
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
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