magic bullet

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of magic bullet

1 : a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogens (such as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing an effective remedy for a disease or condition without deleterious side effects
2 : something providing an effective solution to a difficult or previously unsolvable problem
  • a magic bullet to stem voter apathy

Examples of magic bullet in a Sentence

  1. There is no magic bullet to fix our educational system.

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First Known Use of magic bullet

1940

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MAGIC BULLET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of magic bullet for English Language Learners

  • : a drug or treatment that cures a disease quickly and easily without producing bad effects

  • : something that solves a difficult problem easily


Medical Dictionary

magic bullet

noun mag·ic bul·let \ ˈmaj-ik-ˈbu̇l-ət \

medical Definition of magic bullet

: a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogenic agents (as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing a remedy for a disease or condition without deleterious side effects

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