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telling

adjective

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having the power to persuade
  • presented us with telling evidence that convinced us he was right

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telling

verb
present participle of tell

Synonyms & Antonyms of telling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give an oral or written account of in some detail
  • they told the story of how they had met

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3 to find the sum of (a collection of things) by noting each one as it is being added
  • who can tell the number of grains of sand in the world?

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Adjective

valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance. valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority. a valid reason for being absent a valid marriage sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds. a sound proposal for reviving the economy cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation. the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept. a convincing argument for welfare reform telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter. a telling example of bureaucratic waste

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The first known use of telling was in 1819

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“Telling.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/telling. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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