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English definition of “scarcely”


adverb     /ˈskeəsli/
only just: They had scarcely finished eating when the doorbell rang .Merely and barelyAlmost
can scarcely do sth If you say you can scarcely do something, you mean it would be wrong to do it: He's only two - you can scarcely blame him for behaving badly .Impossible and improbable
(Definition of scarcely adverb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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