magic word

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magic word (plural magic words)

  1. Any word that has a magical effect when uttered.
  2. (in teaching polite expressions to children) The word please, thanks, or thank you.
    What's the magic word?
  3. (by extension) Any word that is considered very significant in a certain situation or context.
    When someone offers you drugs, the magic word is "no".
  4. (MediaWiki) A string of text that is associated with a return value or function, such as time, site details, or page names.
    Some examples of magic words on the MediaWiki software are __NOTOC__, which hides the table of contents that would normally be on the page, and {{NUMBEROFUSERS}}, which displays the number of registered users on the wiki.