scarcely

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 [ˈskɛərsli]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scarce•ly /ˈskɛrsli/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. barely;
    not quite:can scarcely see.
  2. definitely not:scarcely the time to raise such questions.
  3. probably not:Don't blame yourself; you could scarcely have done anything else at the time.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
scarce•ly  (skârslē),USA pronunciation adv. 
  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.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English; see scarce, -ly
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  hardly. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  hardly. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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




'scarcely' also found in these entries:
Collocations: (can) scarcely remember [why, when, how, what], can scarcely [see, hear, feel], could scarcely believe [her eyes, what he was seeing], more...

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