magic bullet


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

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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3 Jul 2022

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magic bullet

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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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