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  • v. Present participle of enable.

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  • adj. providing legal power or sanction


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  • Velneo's hispanic developers can program in Spanish, enabling English speaking end-users to work in English with the applications they develop since the English client-server architecture is completely compatible with the Spanish vDevelop editing tool.

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