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scarcely

adverb uk   /ˈskeəs.li/  us   /ˈskers-/

scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)

C2 (literary scarce) only just or almost not: I was scarcely able to move my arm after the accident. I could scarcely believe it when she said she wanted to marry me. used to say that something happened immediately after something else happened: I had scarcely sat down/Scarcely had I sat down to eat when the phone rang.
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scarcely adverb (NOT)

certainly not: I'd scarcely have done it if I didn't think it was absolutely necessary! He's only two - you can scarcely blame him for behaving badly.
Translations of “scarcely”
in Korean 거의-하지 않는…
in Arabic قَلَّما…
in Portuguese quase não, mal, apenas…
in Catalan a penes…
in Japanese かろうじて…
in Italian appena…
in Chinese (Traditional) 剛剛, 勉強, 幾乎不…
in Russian едва…
in Turkish ancak, hemen hemen hiç, henüz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 刚刚, 勉强, 几乎不…
in Polish zaledwie…
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