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English definition of “hardly”

hardly

adverb (CERTAINLY NOT)    /ˈhɑːd.li/ US  /ˈhɑːrd-/
B2 certainly not: You can hardly expect a pay rise when you've only been working for the company for two weeks ! Well don't be angry with me - it's hardly my fault that it's raining !Yes, no and not
(Definition of hardly adverb (CERTAINLY NOT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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