Synonyms of 'barely'
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You use hardly to modify a statement when you want to emphasize that it is only a small amount or detail which makes it true, and that therefore it is best to consider the opposite statement as being true.
Nick, on the sofa, hardly slept.
You use just to indicate that what you are saying is the case, but only by a very small degree or amount.
He could just reach the man's head with his right hand.
Thesaurus for barely from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case .