How do protic solvents stabilize carbocations?

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The #H^+#ions in the protic solvent "engulfs" the anion formed.

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For example in an #S_(N1)# reaction the proton or hydrogen ion from the solvent covers the anion formed. thus freeing the cation from the anion thus stabilising the carbo cation.

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