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English definition of “scarcely”

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 from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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