Scarcely Definition

skârslē
adverb
By a small margin; barely.
We scarcely made it in time.
American Heritage
Hardly; not quite; only just.
Webster's New World
Probably not or certainly not.
Scarcely true.
Webster's New World
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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