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adverb     scarcely pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    almost not, or almost none

    I can scarcely believe what’s happened.

    There was scarcely any traffic.

  2. 2
    only just

    We had scarcely driven a mile when the car broke down.

  3. 3
    used for showing that something is certainly not true or possible

    I can scarcely refuse to help after all he’s done for me.

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