automagically

automagically

[aw-tuh-maj-ik-lee]
adverb
automatically; in a way that is hidden from or not understood by the user, and in that sense, apparently “magical”: I downloaded an app that automagically adds a travel itinerary to my calendar whenever I buy a plane ticket.
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automagically

/aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ adv. Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you. See magic. "The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C, then automagically invokes `cc(1)' to produce an executable."

This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon and probably much earlier. The word `automagic' occurred in advertising (for a shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s.
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automagically definition

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/aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ or /aw-toh-maj'i-k*l-ee/ Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you.
E.g. "The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C, then automagically invokes cc to produce an executable."
See magic.
[Jargon File]
(2001-05-18)

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