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Synonyms for telling
ˈtɛl ɪŋtelling

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. telling

    effective, powerful, pointed

    weak, ineffective, pointless

Princeton's WordNet

  1. relation, telling, recountingnoun

    an act of narration

    "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

    notification, sexual relation, tattle, intercourse, sexual intercourse, singing, copulation, recounting, relation back, carnal knowledge, apprisal, relation, coitus, sex act, relative, congress, sexual congress, coition

    uninformative, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective, dissuasive

  2. telling, apprisal, notificationnoun

    informing by words

    presentment, recounting, tattle, notice, relation, singing, notification, apprisal

    uninformative, ineffective, dissuasive, ineffectual, uneffective

  3. tattle, singing, tellingadjective

    disclosing information or giving evidence about another

    vocalizing, recounting, tattle, relation, singing, notification, apprisal

    dissuasive, uninformative, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective

  4. revealing, telling, telltale(a)adjective

    disclosing unintentionally

    "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"

    uneffective, ineffectual, dissuasive, uninformative, ineffective

  5. cogent, telling, weightyadjective

    powerfully persuasive

    "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"

    heavy, corpulent, obese, weighty, grave, revealing, telltale(a), rotund, impressive, grievous, cogent

    dissuasive, uneffective, ineffective, ineffectual, uninformative

  6. impressive, tellingadjective

    producing a strong effect

    "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"

    weighty, revealing, impressive, cogent, telltale(a)

    uninformative, dissuasive, uneffective, ineffectual, ineffective

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  1. tellingadjective


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tellingadjective

    effective, cogent, potent, conclusive

  2. tellingnoun

    notification, apprising, communication, relation, narration, recital, divulgement

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "telling":

    eloquent, saying, tell, revealing, say

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How to use telling in a sentence?

  1. Ron DeSantis:

    When families are uprooting from the Pacific Coast to go almost 3,000 miles in search of a better life, that's telling you something.

  2. Michael Cohen:

    In Michael Cohen way, Michael Cohen was telling me to lie.

  3. Brennan Barnard:

    Left to their own devices and with this information overload, families don't know where to start, so they default to this third party system of telling them what's good and what's not.

  4. Matt Kuchar:

    I remember coming out and guys telling me you're going to make 80 percent of your money in 20 percent of your starts, the idea was basically you're going to get hot a couple of times, and that's what you wait for. And it makes sense. You're going to get hot and then peter off a little bit.

  5. Sam Clovis:

    If it was not so ridiculous, it would be laughable what's going on inside, i would consider this. We have people who are elitists, who are part of the ruling class of this country, or pretenders to that throne, who are openly and willingly going out here and telling the American people who have voted for Donald Trump that they're stupid and they don't know any better.

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