Definition of telling in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛlɪŋ


Having a striking or revealing effect; significant: a telling argument against this theory
More example sentences
  • Some of the most brilliant human resources have died at their most productive age and this has had a telling effect on all sectors of our economy.
  • He was involved in most of his sides scores as he combined with his team mates and either passed to telling effect or was fouled in possession.
  • Cynics may scoff at all these; but if only implemented strictly, these measures can have a telling effect.
revealing, significant;
trenchant, weighty, important, meaningful, influential;
effective, effectual



More example sentences
  • There was, tellingly, no joint press conference.
  • But a scene from the novel itself explains this mystery more tellingly than paraphrasing ever will.
  • It's a tellingly selective range that he targets.

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