Synonyms of 'scarcely'
1 hardlyDictionary, barely, only just
He could scarcely breathe.
2 by no meansDictionary, hardly, not at all
It can scarcely be coincidence.
usage note:Since scarcely, hardly, and barely already have negative force, it is unnecessary to use another negative word with them. Therefore, say he had hardly had time to think (not he hadn't hardly had time to think); and there was scarcely any bread left (not there was scarcely no bread left). When scarcely, hardly, and barely are used at the beginning of a sentence, as in scarcely had I arrived, the following clause should start with when: scarcely had I arrived when I was asked to chair a meeting. The word before can be used in place of when in this context, but the word than used in the same way is considered incorrect by many people, though this use is becoming increasingly common.
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You use barely to say that something is only just true or only just the case.
His voice was barely audible.
by no means
in no way
not at all
not in the least
not in the slightest
not the least bit
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.
Thesaurus for scarcely from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use scarcely to emphasize that something is only just true or only just the case .