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[tel-i-graf-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈgræf ɪk/
of or relating to the telegraph.
concise, clipped, or elliptical in style:
telegraphic speech.
Origin of telegraphic
1785-95; telegraph + -ic
Related forms
telegraphically, adverb
nontelegraphic, adjective
pretelegraphic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for telegraphic
  • 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


used in or transmitted by telegraphy
of or relating to a telegraph
having a concise style; clipped: telegraphic speech
Derived Forms
telegraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for telegraphic

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

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