Definitions

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  • n. One who helps something to happen.
  • n. One who encourages a bad habit in another (typically drug addiction) by his or her behaviour.
  • n. One who gives someone else the power to behave in a certain way.

Etymologies

From the English verb enable+r, to form a substantive. (Wiktionary)

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  • "How sickening is the chorus of sycophants and enablers defending Roman Polanski, the 76-year-old Polish director arrested at a Zurich film festival over a three decade-old statutory rape case."
    - Miranda Devine, Repulsion: Polanski's horror story, theage.com.au, 1 October 2009.

    October 1, 2009