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 for hardly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hardly \Hard"ly\ (h[aum]rd"l[y^]), adv. [AS. heardlice. See
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     1. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty.
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              Recovering hardly what he lost before. --Dryden.
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     2. Unwillingly; grudgingly.
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              The House of Peers gave so hardly their consent.
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     3. Scarcely; barely; not quite; not wholly.
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              Hardly shall you find any one so bad, but he desires
              the credit of being thought good.     --South.
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     4. Severely; harshly; roughly.
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              He has in many things been hardly used. --Swift.
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     5. Confidently; hardily. [Obs.] --Holland.
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     6. Certainly; surely; indeed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: only a very short time before; "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,
             hardly, 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: hardly, scarcely]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "hardly":
     a bit, a little, abnormally, arduously, at infrequent intervals,
     badly, barely, bitterly, burdensomely, by a hair, by an ace,
     by no means, closely, difficultly, energetically, ever so little,
     exiguously, faintly, feebly, fiercely, firmly, forcefully,
     forcibly, frenziedly, furiously, hardly ever, harshly, imperfectly,
     impliably, inappreciably, inconsequentially, incredibly,
     inexorably, inflexibly, infrequently, insignificantly,
     ironhandedly, just, just a bit, keenly, laboriously, lightly,
     little, madly, meagerly, might and main, mightily, minimally,
     minutely, narrowly, nearly, negligibly, not hardly, not often,
     not quite, obdurately, onerously, only, only just, painfully,
     powerfully, rancorously, rarely, relentlessly, rigidly, rigorously,
     roughly, scantily, scarce, scarcely, scarcely ever, seldom,
     seldom if ever, severely, slightly, solid, solidly, sorely,
     sparsely, stiffly, stormily, strenuously, strongly, tant soit peu,
     the hard way, toilsomely, triflingly, turbulently, unbendingly,
     uncommonly, uncompromisingly, uncustomarily, unexpectedly,
     unfrequently, unnaturally, unoften, unordinarily, unrelentingly,
     unusually, unyieldingly, very seldom, vigorously, violently,
     weakly, wildly, with difficulty, with much ado

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