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scarcely

[skairs-lee] /ˈskɛərs li/
adverb
1.
barely; hardly; not quite:
The light is so dim we can scarcely see.
2.
definitely not:
This is scarcely the time to raise such questions.
3.
probably not:
You could scarcely have chosen better.
Origin of scarcely
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see scarce, -ly
Can be confused
barely, hardly, scarcely (see synonym study at hardly)
Synonym Study
1. See hardly.
Usage note
1. See hardly.
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scarcely

/ˈskɛəslɪ/
adverb
1.
hardly at all; only just
2.
(often ironic) probably not or definitely not: that is scarcely justification for your actions
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