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  1. of or relating to the telegraph.
  2. concise, clipped, or elliptical in style: telegraphic speech.
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Origin of telegraphic

First recorded in 1785–95; telegraph + -ic
Related formstel·e·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·graph·ic, adjectivepre·tel·e·graph·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for telegraphically

Historical Examples

  • Some of the islands are cut off telegraphically from the rest of the world.

    Our Journey to the Hebrides

    Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • Massawa is also telegraphically connected with the outside world by a cable to Perim via Assab.

British Dictionary definitions for telegraphically


  1. used in or transmitted by telegraphy
  2. of or relating to a telegraph
  3. having a concise style; clippedtelegraphic speech
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Derived Formstelegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphically



1794, originally of semaphor, etc.; from telegraph + -ic. Electric telegraph sense is from 1823.

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