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English definition of “scarcely”

scarcely

adverb (NOT)    /ˈskeəs.li/ US  /ˈskers-/
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 .Yes, no and not Grammar:ScarcelyScarcely means ‘almost not at all’. It is quite formal. It usually comes in the normal mid position for adverbs (between the subject and the main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb):
(Definition of scarcely adverb (NOT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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