enabler

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noun en·abler \i-ˈnā-blər, -bəl-ər\

Definition of enabler

  1. :  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

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.

1615

First Known Use of enabler

1615


Medical Dictionary

enabler

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noun en·abler \i-ˈnā-b(ə-)lər\

Medical Definition of enabler

  1. :  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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