Definition of enabler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈneɪblə/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈneɪblə/


1A person or thing that makes something possible: the people who run these workshops are crime enablers Bluetooth is the ultimate enabler of the smart house that has been the darling of futurists since the 1939 World’s Fair
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  • Consequently design, or more specifically aesthetics, is the chief enabler.
  • The networked structure of the Internet proves to be an important enabler in becoming increasingly networked.
  • Clearly, real estate can be an enabler of a supply-chain strategy.
1.1A person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behaviour in another: he criticized her role as an enabler in her husband’s pathological womanizing
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  • In recovery parlance, he is a classic enabler.
  • Anderton's seedy enabler - a homeless guy lurking in the shadows - is straight out of mythology.
  • She acts as his "enabler" allowing him to persist in self-destructive behaviour by making excuses or cleaning up after his mistakes.

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