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a hypothesized and mystical force that attracts males and females to each other, for the purposes of mating. This term is often used in popular comedy, but was actually proposed by an Austrian physician known as Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).

ANIMAL MAGNETISM: "Animal magnetism is a hypothesized force that purportedly creates attraction between males and females."

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