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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.
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(AUTOmatic MAGIC) A play on the word "automatic." The capabilities of electronic and computer-oriented devices are magic to many people. In fact, the internal workings of the chip are "automagic" even to those who designed it. "It's just automagic" may be a response to avoid answering a technical question in detail. See automation.
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