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English definition of “scarcely”

scarcely

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈskeərs·li/ us  

scarcely adverb [not gradable] (ONLY JUST)

only just or almost not: I could scarcely move my arm after the accident.

scarcely adverb [not gradable] (NOT)

fml certainly not: He would scarcely have broken it on purpose.
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