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Definitions for scarcely
ˈskɛərs liscarce·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarceadverb

    only a very short time before

    "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

  2. hardly, scarcelyadverb

    almost not

    "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was hardly more than sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"

Wiktionary

  1. scarcelyadverb

    Probably not.

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

  2. scarcelyadverb

    Certainly not.

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

  3. scarcelyadverb

    Almost not at all; by a small margin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scarcelyadverb

    with difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just

  2. Scarcelyadverb

    frugally; penuriously

Editors Contribution

  1. scarcely

    "You use scarcely to emphasize that something is only just true or only just the case.You can use scarcely to say that something is not true or is not the case, in a humorous or critical way.By a very little; almost not:barely, hardly, just, scarce.hardly, barely, only just, scarce,by no means, hardly, not at all, definitely not, under no circumstances, on no account,rarely, seldom, not often, infrequently, occasionally, once in a blue moon (informal), hardly ever;by a narrow margin.

    Fascism’s unlikely recrudescence in Britain in the years after the war—and the resistance it met— are scarcely remembered at all.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scarcely' in Adverbs Frequency: #327

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarcely in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scarcely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of scarcely in a Sentence

  1. James Fenimore Cooper:

    The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.

  2. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.

  3. La Bruy?re:

    Gross ignorance produces a dogmatic spirit. He who knows nothing thinks he can teach others what he has himself just been learning. He who knows much scarcely believes that what he is saying is unknown to others, and consequently speaks with more hesitation.

  4. Jesse Stuart:

    Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.

  5. William H Gass:

    We have scarcely gotten home ... when our children's sneezes greet us, skinned knees bleed after waiting all day to do so. There is the bellyache and the burned-out basement bulb, the stalled car and the incontinent cat. The windows frost, the toilets sweat, the body of our spouse is one cold shoulder and the darkness of our bedroom is soon full of the fallen shadows of our failures.

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