Scarcely meaning

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Hardly; not quite; only just.
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Almost not; hardly.

We scarcely ever used the reserve generator.

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Scarcely is defined as shortly before or unlikely to be the case.

If you arrived and stayed only a minute before you had to leave, this is an example of when you scarcely just arrived.

If you have just enough food to feed your child but nothing extra, this is an example of when you had scarcely enough.

If all scientists agree on something likely to be true, this is an example of when they could scarcely be wrong.

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(degree) Almost not at all; by a small margin.
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Certainly not.

They could scarcely complain after such good treatment.

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Probably not or certainly not.

Scarcely true.

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(modal) Probably not.

One could scarcely find any trout in the stream without the stocking program.

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(modal) Certainly not.

One could scarcely expect the man to know how to fly a helicopter.

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By a small margin; barely.

We scarcely made it in time.

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