[pur-uh d-ven-cher, per-]
- chance, doubt, or uncertainty.
- Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.
Origin of peradventure
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Examples from the Web for peradventure
Peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.American Notes
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.The Shadow of a Crime
And would the men, peradventure, be wearing the livery of the House of Santafior?The Shame of Motley
The peradventure of that Cassy got before he could utter it.The Paliser case
- by chance; perhaps
- chance, uncertainty, or doubt
C13: from Old French par aventure by chance
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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.
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