- 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
1. See hardly.
1. See hardly.
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A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.
"Dearest Philothea, I scarcely know his countenance," replied the maiden.
You were scarcely two years old, when you and your nurse suddenly disappeared.
But he is now gone where he will scarcely have the opportunity even of such conversation.
There was a scarcely disguised intention to revive protection.
- hardly at all; only just
- often ironic probably not or definitely notthat is scarcely justification for your actions
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