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[hap-lee] /ˈhæp li/
adverb, Archaic.
perhaps; by chance.
Origin of haply
First recorded in 1325-75, haply is from the Middle English word hapliche. See hap1, -ly
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily. Unabridged
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  • And, if I haply had erred, to undo the wrong, and release you.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • Spare touch in him of his Melesigenes namesake, save, haply, the—blindness!

    The Biglow Papers James Russell Lowell
  • For a while, indeed, they held their place, using all their power if haply they might prevail.

    Stories From Livy Alfred Church
  • (R.) haply he's the second time come to them; for they say an old man is twice a child.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • haply there was a body of demigods, as yet uninvoked, who should speedily settle all that.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • There is a language which he who sleepeth not, but will wake, and watch, may haply learn.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I am going to alter to suit, and haply I may say some humorous things.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Deaf to argument, haply they might be stunned into sobriety.

  • If thou keep faith, haply I 'll believe thou art not all blab.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • haply 't is thy part to sit still and sing; but I—I cannot sing, and I cannot sit still.

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for haply


(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for haply

late 14c., hapliche, from hap + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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