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[tel-ing] /ˈtɛl ɪŋ/
having force or effect; effective; striking:
a telling blow.
revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed:
a telling analysis of motivation in business.
Origin of telling
First recorded in 1850-55; tell1 + -ing2
Related forms
tellingly, adverb
untelling, adjective
1. powerful, forceful, potent, weighty. Unabridged
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  • Readers of his journals and correspondence know how vividly and tellingly he can relate an experience or touch off a character.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • These are tellingly related in that classic volume, "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada."

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • The slogan, heard so tellingly at Lucknow, is swelling up the glaciers of the Asiatic fatherland to save it from the Scythians!

  • But Gilian, as he went, busied himself on how he should convey most tellingly the story he brought down the glen.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Here is where the influence of every fair-minded woman and patriotic man can be tellingly exerted.

British Dictionary definitions for tellingly


having a marked effect or impact: a telling blow
revealing: a telling smile
Derived Forms
tellingly, adverb
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