on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom: I'm rarely late for appointments.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.

1515–25; rare1 + -ly

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rarely (ˈrɛəlɪ)
1.  hardly ever; seldom: I'm rarely in town these days
2.  to an unusual degree; exceptionally
3.  dialect uncommonly well; excellently: he did rarely at market yesterday
usage  Since rarely means hardly ever, one should not say something rarely ever happens

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Example sentences
Criminal defendants rarely face jury trials, because they have.
If they could only get visas, which are rarely granted, tourists would flock to
  its beaches and nearby game parks.
Because gorillas rarely use tools, many scientists thought the great apes were
  less sharp than chimpanzees.
Rarely are the weaker players even on the master level.
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