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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hardly  \Hard"ly\,  adv  [AS.  heardlice  See  {Hand}.] 
  1.  In  a  hard  or  difficult  manner;  with  difficulty. 
 
  Recovering  hardly  what  he  lost  before  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Unwillingly;  grudgingly. 
 
  The  House  of  Peers  gave  so  hardly  thei?  consent. 
  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Scarcely;  barely;  not  guite;  not  wholly. 
 
  Hardly  shall  you  one  so  bad  but  he  desires  the 
  credit  of  being  thought  good.  --South. 
 
  4.  Severely;  harshly;  roughly. 
 
  He  has  in  many  things  been  hardly  used  --Swift. 
 
  5.  Confidently;  hardily.  [Obs.]  --Holland. 
 
  6.  Certainly;  surely;  indeed.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hardly 
  adv  1:  by  a  small  margin;  "they  could  barely  hear  the  speaker";  "we 
  hardly  knew  them";  "just  missed  being  hit";  "had 
  scarcely  rung  the  bell  when  the  door  flew  open"; 
  "would  have  scarce  arrived  before  she  would  have  found 
  some  excuse  to  leave"-  W.B.Yeats  [syn:  {barely},  {just}, 
  {scarcely},  {scarce}] 
  2:  almost  not  "he  hardly  ever  goes  fishing";  "he  was  hardly 
  more  than  sixteen  years  old";  "they  scarcely  ever  used  the 
  emergency  generator"  [syn:  {scarcely}] 




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