hardly

Part of speech: adverb

With difficulty.

Part of speech: adverb

Improbably.

Part of speech: adverb

Scarcely; not quite.

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Usage examples "hardly":

  1. " Nalini is hardly more than a boy," said Jadu Babu with folded hands. - "Tales of Bengal", S. B. Banerjea.
  2. I hardly thought you would." - "Lalage's Lovers 1911", George A. Birmingham.
  3. As a matter of fact, you could hardly expect her to. - "Long Odds", Harold Bindloss.