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Dictionary definition for: Telling

1. (n) an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation" "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

2. (s) disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile" "a telltale panel of lights" "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"

3. (n) informing by words

4. (s) powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument" "a telling presentation" "a weighty argument"

5. (n) disclosing information or giving evidence about another

6. (s) producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello" "a telling gesture"

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