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[pur-uh d-ven-cher, per-] /ˌpɜr ədˈvɛn tʃər, ˌpɛr-/
chance, doubt, or uncertainty.
Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.
Origin of peradventure
1250-1300; Middle English per aventure < Old French. See per, adventure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • The danger is past, and they are safe beyond the possibility of a peradventure.

  • "peradventure the prisoner can explain how he came by the document," said Justice Hide.

  • And would the men, peradventure, be wearing the livery of the House of Santafior?

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The peradventure of that Cassy got before he could utter it.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • There was no impossibility there, no doubt even, or the peradventure of one.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • But, peradventure, it may be sagaciously urged, how is this?

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • And you are going to make the North Pole beyond a peradventure.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • That worthy had his future fixed for him beyond a peradventure.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Without meaning to boast, I may tell you that there is no peradventure in my shooting.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for peradventure


/pərədˈvɛntʃə; ˌpɜːr-/
by chance; perhaps
chance, uncertainty, or doubt
Word Origin
C13: from Old French par aventure by chance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peradventure

1620s, from Middle English peraventure (mid-15c.), from per auenture (late 13c.), from Old French par aventure (see adventure). Refashioned as though from Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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