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perhaps

[per-haps] /pərˈhæps/
adverb
1.
maybe; possibly:
Perhaps the package will arrive today.
Origin of perhaps
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier perhappes, perhapis by haps. See per, hap1, -s1
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  • perhaps you already know that Anaxagoras fell asleep in Ionia.

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  • In the course of this process he fell into adventures, some of them, perhaps, unedifying.

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  • Here, perhaps, may be found the symbolic clue to the strife's cause.

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  • perhaps my father might have put that in a bottle also at a later date.

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  • Would he annoy her, enrage her perhaps, or even worse, tire her?

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British Dictionary definitions for perhaps

perhaps

/pəˈhæps; informal præps/
adverb
1.
  1. possibly; maybe
  2. (as sentence modifier): he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps, perhaps you'll see him tomorrow
sentence substitute
2.
it may happen, be so, etc; maybe
Word Origin
C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap1
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Word Origin and History for perhaps
adv.

1520s, formed from Middle English per, par "by, through" (see per-) + plural of hap "chance" (see happen), on model of peradventure, perchance, etc. which now have been superseded by this word. Perhappons "possibly, by chance" is recorded from late 15c.

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