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rarely

[rair-lee] /ˈrɛər li/
adverb
1.
on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom:
I'm rarely late for appointments.
2.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
3.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.
Origin of rarely
1515-1525
1515-25; rare1 + -ly
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rarely

/ˈrɛəlɪ/
adverb
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 note
Since rarely means hardly ever, one should not say something rarely ever happens
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Word Origin and History for rarely
adv.

1550s, from rare (adj.1) + -ly (2). "Seldom, not often;" also "finely, excellently."

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