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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Four months ago, the U.N. published an exhaustive report documenting how Kim's government smuggles nuclear materials, cash and ammunition through an elaborate underground web of foreign enablers, skirting the existing sanctions.
The Trump administration reacted to the ICBM launch with a full-court press to persuade allies and adversaries alike to drastically ramp up pressure on the Kim regime and its enablers.
But being a good businessman has been his great enabler.
Democrats need the district’s voters to view Ryan not as the likable local, but as Trump’s political partner and enabler and the face of an unpopular Congress.
But not all of those who surround Cosby see themselves as enablers.
What is shocking is not so much the deep insecurity of Donald Trump, but the speed with which his aides and enablers have contorted themselves to flatter his fragile ego.
Mr. Stone’s view from the left is a break from the usual news media vantages on Russia, either tough-talk centrism or the defenses of Putin enablers-come-lately in the conservative media.
Trump and his enablers have made my country the laughingstock of the world.
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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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