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telegraphic

[tel-i-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the telegraph.
2.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style:
telegraphic speech.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; telegraph + -ic
Related forms
telegraphically, adverb
nontelegraphic, adjective
pretelegraphic, adjective
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  • Twenty years later, telegraphic services were widely available to owners of small businesses.
  • Obviously this was a telegraphic two-sentence summary that couldn't cover everything.
  • The war was quickening other changes in the country, as suggested by that telegraphic messenger.
  • We publish below extended details of the important and highly interesting news, of which a telegraphic summary has been received.
  • Post-communist newscasts feature telegraphic speech and slurry diction.
  • telegraphic or other electronically transferred bids are not acceptable.
  • Species accounts include a telegraphic description of diagnostic characters that are present in the last larval instar.
  • No telegraphic or facsimile proposals will be accepted.
  • The following telegraphic notice is suggested for use if a supply contract is being completely terminated for convenience.
  • Short codes are provided for use as an abbreviated reference to appropriation or fund accounts for telegraphic communications.
British Dictionary definitions for telegraphic

telegraphic

/ˌtɛlɪˈɡræfɪk/
adjective
1.
used in or transmitted by telegraphy
2.
of or relating to a telegraph
3.
having a concise style; clipped: telegraphic speech
Derived Forms
telegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic
adj.

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

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