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scarcely

[skairs-lee]
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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.
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Origin of scarcely

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at scarce, -ly
Can be confusedbarely hardly scarcely (see synonym study at hardly)

Synonym study

1. See hardly.

Usage note

1. See hardly.
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Examples from the Web for scarcely

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • You were scarcely two years old, when you and your nurse suddenly disappeared.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • But he is now gone where he will scarcely have the opportunity even of such conversation.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • There was a scarcely disguised intention to revive protection.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook


British Dictionary definitions for scarcely

scarcely

adverb
  1. hardly at all; only just
  2. often ironic probably not or definitely notthat is scarcely justification for your actions
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xref

See hardly
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