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Definitions and Synonyms of hardly | Another word for hardly | What is hardly?

Definition 1: only a very short time before - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hardly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we hardly knew them
  • had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
  • would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave

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Definition 2: slowly and with difficulty - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hardly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • prejudices die hard
  • he was so dizzy he could hardly stand up straight

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Definition 3: almost not - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where hardly or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hardly ever goes fishing
  • he was scarce sixteen years old
  • they scarcely ever used the emergency generator
  • I can hardly hear what she is saying
  • she barely seemed to notice him
  • we were so far back in the theater, we could barely read the subtitles

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