- 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
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1. powerful, forceful, potent, weighty.
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Examples from the Web for tellingly
Tellingly, but not coincidentally, the greatest expansion of Medicaid has occurred in Deep Blue America.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
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Tellingly, Rieux finds common ground with every character except the priest.Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist
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Three days after, she retweeted a tellingly simple sentence: “Family is hard.”Lesbian Brit Kidnapped to Be ‘Cured’ in Congo
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Tellingly, both still trail the haul stacked up by The LEGO Movie back in February.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
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Tellingly, Cantor and Griffin received more financial support from outside their home states than within.Obama Is the New Dubya
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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
These are tellingly related in that classic volume, "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada."Your National Parks
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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
Here is where the influence of every fair-minded woman and patriotic man can be tellingly exerted.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
- having a marked effect or impacta telling blow
- revealinga telling smile
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