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Potable Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    potable adj : of alcoholic beverages that are suitable for drinking; "it's an impudent young wine but I think you will find it quite potable" n : any liquid suitable for drinking; "may I take your beverage order?" [syn: beverage, drink, drinkable]
Potable Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Potable \Po"ta*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. potabilis, fr. potare to drink; akin to Gr. po`tos a drinking, po`sis a drink, Skr. p[=a] to drink, OIr. ibim I drink. Cf. Poison, Bib, Imbibe.] Fit to be drunk; drinkable. ``Water fresh and potable.'' --Bacon. -- n. A potable liquid; a beverage. ``Useful in potables.'' --J. Philips.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Potable'

Drinking water or potable water is water of sufficiently high quality that can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation.

Over large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids. Such water is not potable, and drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery in many countries. Reduction of waterborne diseases is a major public health goal in developing countries.

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