- conferring new legal powers or capacities, especially by removing a disability; having the right to license or regulate: an enabling act; enabling power.
Origin of enabling
- to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize: This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
- to make possible or easy: Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
- to make ready; equip (often used in combination): web-enabled cell phones.
Origin of enable
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Examples from the Web for enabling
Marrying yourself merely underscores selfishness and self-interest, rather than enabling you to live singly in the best way.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
They pioneered arena performances and electric light, enabling the first night performances.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
The plan is to build a holistic cloud operating system for businesses and individuals, enabling a new generation of work and play.Bill Gates’ Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
July 17, 2014
Yet critics of the right to be forgotten argue that by removing Google search results, the law is enabling censorship.Should We Have the Right to Be Forgotten Online?
July 15, 2014
This is what the larger Washington establishment has become: The enabling spouse of the drunk.When Conservatives Cry Wolf
February 10, 2014
About five it returned, gentle enough, enabling us to head for the roadstead.The Shadow-Line
How ungrateful of him, when you have been the means of enabling him to kick me out of the Sixth.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
Only then will they be able to make strong and enabling commitments.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
These had been useful, in enabling them to keep a straight course.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
How grateful ought we to be to France for enabling you to do it.
- to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
- to make possible
- to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
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Word Origin and History for enabling
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