scarcely

[ skairs-lee ]
/ ˈskɛərs li /

adverb

barely; hardly; not quite: The light is so dim we can scarcely see.
definitely not: This is scarcely the time to raise such questions.
probably not: You could scarcely have chosen better.

Origin of scarcely

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at scarce, -ly

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scarcely

barely hardly scarcely (see synonym study at hardly)

synonym study for scarcely

1. See hardly.

usage note for scarcely

1. See hardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for scarcely

scarcely
/ (ˈskɛəslɪ) /

adverb

hardly at all; only just
often ironic probably not or definitely notthat is scarcely justification for your actions

undefined scarcely

See hardly
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