Definition of tellingly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tellingly

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪŋli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪŋli//
 
 
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in a way that shows effectively what somebody/something is really like, but often without intending to He tellingly took a seat next to his secretary and not next to his wife.