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[rair-lee] /ˈrɛər li/

on occasions; infrequently; seldom:
I’m rarely late for appointments.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.
hardly ever; seldom: I’m rarely in town these days
to an unusual degree; exceptionally
(dialect) uncommonly well; excellently: he did rarely at market yesterday

1550s, from rare (adj.1) + -ly (2). “Seldom, not often;” also “finely, excellently.”


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