scarcely

[skairs-lee]
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:
1250–1300; Middle English; see scarce, -ly

barely, hardly, scarcely (see synonym study at hardly).


1. See hardly.


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

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Example sentences
But there was no outpouring of fear, scarcely even a whimper.
One could scarcely imagine a subject more important than ethics for.
The future for many other lenders looks scarcely brighter.
In those days, that number scarcely made a dent in the large grizzly population.
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