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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.
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providing the power, means, opportunity, or authority to allow someone to do something
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(ɛnˈeɪ blɪŋ)

conferring legal power or sanction, as by removing a disability: an enabling act.
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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"
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[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.
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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.
The new ZSM enabling switch from EUCHNER is more than just an ordinary manually operated enabling device.
* The assessment of impacts to the agency mission generated by changes in its investment portfolio, thus enabling capital planning investment control (CPIC)
For far too long we have been careful to ensure that families (including anyone in the addict's natural support system) avoid enabling at all costs.
They are investing in better managing their human capital via enabling technologies across a broad set of human resource processes, including sourcing, recruiting, on-boarding, training, performance management, HR policies and procedures, compensation and benefits.
Our goal became enabling residents to age within our CCRC--and keep rooms occupied.
Advances in new security technologies are enabling facilities to implement more effective security strategies at a lower cost.
"The Reactivity SDK is just the tool we need to help us perform single sign-on integration between our existing applications and our partners' applications, enabling us to create the custom data transformations ourselves and execute them in the Reactivity Gateway," said Kim Olson, CMG data architect, at Carlson Marketing Group.
Serial architecture connections consist of a single pair of transmission signals that contain an embedded clock for self-clocking, enabling the clock speed to be easily scaled and to wrap data bits into individual packets to achieve data transfers up to 30 times faster than what parallel technology can provide.
"With Cricket Tones, we are taking this mobile experience to the next level by enabling Cricket customers to easily access ringtones by voice.
2) Seamless roaming between different medium connecting wireless LAN and a 3G network is realized through mobile IP technology (note 1*), enabling application to a broader network area.
"Using the V-Switch as the local or remote iSCSI target for netBoot/i, businesses can easily perform diskless (network) boot on Windows-based servers and desktops from any storage that exists in the enterprise, enabling fast, efficient and easy storage provisioning of blades or diskless server applications," said Zophar Sante, Vice President of Market Development at SANRAD.