enabler

noun
en·​abler | \ i-ˈnā-blər How to pronounce enabler (audio) , -bᵊl-ər\

Definition of enabler

: one that enables another to achieve an end especially : one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (such as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior

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Enabling: The Behavior of an Enabler

Enable has a number of senses, most of which are some variant on allowing someone (or something, such as enabling cookies on a computer) to do something. In the past several decades, enable has also started to take on a new associated sense in the field of addiction studies, where enabling is viewed as giving misguided support to a person with some substance-abuse issue. A person who facilitates the self-destructive behavior of another is referred to as an enabler.

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Whereupon the King and his enablers embarked on a Royalist coup. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Some of us who would otherwise be reluctant to vote for Mr. Trump and Republican enablers in Congress see the over-the-top Democratic and media response to him as reason enough to cast ballots for the GOP despite any misgivings. WSJ, "Casten Has the Anti-Pedophile Vote Secured," 2 Nov. 2018 There is still much work ahead to convince voters in every corner of the country that America cannot afford another two years, much less another four years, of Trump and his enablers at the helm. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Why nobody should care about Trump's alleged affair with Stormy Daniels," 8 Mar. 2018 First, if eventually granted, such an order would undermine the effectiveness of a technology—encryption—that is a critical enabler of security for consumers, businesses, and even governments. Greg Nojeim, Eric Wenger, Ars Technica, "FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?," 2 Oct. 2018 The days of impunity for Tehran and its enablers are over. Gregg Re, Fox News, "John Bolton warns Iran 'there will be hell to pay' if aggression continues: 'We will come after you'," 25 Sep. 2018 Google is the biggest enabler of data harvesting on mobile devices, through the world’s two billion active Android devices. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google," 22 Apr. 2018 Google, which has been under fire for being one of the biggest enablers of fake news, is now fighting back with a new multi-pronged, $300 million plan to elevate quality journalism. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Google embraces the news with new initiative to fight misinformation," 20 Mar. 2018 The stable of enablers at Fox News, Breitbart, and elsewhere who repeat his accusations of an FBI conspiracy cannot have forgotten so much so soon. Mona Charen, National Review, "The Conspiratorial Mindset among the President’s Supporters," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of enabler

1615, in the meaning defined above

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enabler

noun
en·​abler | \ i-ˈnā-b(ə-)lər How to pronounce enabler (audio) \

Medical Definition of enabler

: one that enables another to achieve an end especially : one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by helping that individual avoid the consequences of such behavior

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