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tr.v. en·a·bled, en·a·bling, en·a·bles
a. To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity (to do something); make able: a hole in the fence that enabled us to watch; techniques that enable surgeons to repair the heart.
b. To make feasible or possible: funds that will enable construction of new schools.
2. To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to: a law enabling a new federal agency.
3. To make operational; activate: enabled the computer's modem; enable a nuclear warhead.
4. To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).

en·a′bler n.


providing the power, means, opportunity, or authority to allow someone to do something


(ɛnˈeɪ blɪŋ)

conferring legal power or sanction, as by removing a disability: an enabling act.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.enabling - providing legal power or sanction; "an enabling resolution"; "enabling power"
disqualifying, disabling - depriving of legal right; rendering legally disqualified; "certain disabling restrictions disqualified him for citizenship"


[ɪnˈeɪbəlɪŋ] adj
(LAW) [legislation] → d'application; [act] → d'habilitation
(= fostering personal development) [state] → progressiste
an enabling school → une école qui encourage le développement personnelenabling technology n
The Internet is an enabling technology → Internet est un outil puissant.


enabling legislationErmächtigungsgesetze pl; enabling act/lawErmächtigungsgesetz nt
(= empowering) to play an enabling role in somethingetw möglich machen; enabling technologyHilfstechnologie f
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She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to took upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality.
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