Meaning of “magical thinking” in the English Dictionary

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magical thinkingnoun [ U ]

/ˌmædʒ.ɪ.kəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ /ˌmædʒ.ɪ.kəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ specialized

the belief that thinking about something or wanting it to happen can make it happen:

Children exhibit a form of magical thinking by about 18 months, when they begin to create imaginary worlds while playing.

(Definition of “magical thinking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)