V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) suitable for drinking; (n.) a liquid, especially alcohol, that is suitable for drinking

Synonyms: (adj.) drinkable, useable, pure, fresh, uncontaminated, (n.) liquid, beverage, liquor, potion, brew

Antonyms: (adj.) impotable, polluted, unclean

Tips: Think of the related word potion, as it means "a liquid." Potable describes a "potion" that is suitable to drink. For a memory trick, break down the word potable to "pot" and "able," as in able to be placed in a pot--like a brew, potion, or anything drinkable.

Usage Examples:

After the earthquake, the tap water was not potable. (drinkable, pure) adjective

There were too many potables to choose from at the bar, and she couldn't make a choice. (liquors) noun

The wine was too old to be potable anymore. (drinkable) adjective

The mountaineer survived a three-day snowstorm without any potable water. (useable, drinkable, fresh) adjective

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