Definition of telling adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪŋ//
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  1. 1having a strong or important effect; effective a telling argument Although he didn’t score a goal, Tevez made a telling contribution to the game. These are telling points, but the argument is by no means over.
  2. 2showing effectively what somebody/something is really like, but often without intending to The number of homeless people is a telling comment on the state of society.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: telling