By a small margin; barely: We scarcely made it in time. (adverb)
Almost not; hardly: We scarcely ever used the reserve generator. (adverb)
Certainly not: They could scarcely complain after such good treatment. (adverb)
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Use "scarcely" in a sentence
"The participation of Hill and his artillery in the operation was so slight that his name scarcely appeared in reports of the day's operations."
"The title scarcely gives an idea of the subject-matter of the poem."
"Democ - racy was a term scarcely used before the French Revo - lution; by the beginning of the nineteenth century it had its firm adherents and its equally ardent enemies."